gray wolf


  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.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of gray wolf1

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15

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Example Sentences

The new study found that dire wolves were so evolutionarily different from a gray wolf and other canids that survived the transition out of the ice age that they couldn’t interbreed to make an even heartier stock of dire wolves last into a new age.

A ballot measure to reintroduce gray wolves to Colorado’s western mountains by the end of 2023 has narrowly succeeded.

It also raises the question of whether gray wolves ever be restored across their historic range.

Treves says that, ideally, gray wolves should return to 51 percent of their range before they are safe to delist.

In 1995, gray wolves from Canada were released into Yellowstone National Park and Idaho, and soon established a Northern Rockies population.

On Sept. 30, 2012, FWS delisted the gray wolf and transferred wildlife management to the states.

Every gray wolf within hearing obeyed the summons without hesitation.

Hank noticed a lean, gray wolf with one eye and an immense head who was foremost in the attack.

Down the slope they sped to the attack with all the spirit and intrepidity of the gray wolf.

He did not move even when a gray wolf came trotting along the buffalo-trail.

On one occasion he came up to a large gray wolf, into whose head he discharged a ball.





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