gray wolf

noun
  1. a wolf, Canis lupus, having a usually grizzled, blackish, or whitish coat: formerly common in Eurasia and North America, some subspecies are now reduced in numbers or near extinction.
Compare timber wolf.

Origin of gray wolf

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15
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Historical Examples of gray wolf

  • In Gardiner there are a number of men, armed with rifles, who toward game have the gray-wolf quality of mercy.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life

    William T. Hornaday