Japanese wolf

[ jap-uh-neez woolf, -nees ]

noun,plural Jap·a·nese wolves [jap-uh-neez woolvz, -nees]. /ˈdʒæp əˌniz ˈwʊlvz, -ˌnis/.
  1. a wolf, Canis lupus hodophilax, one of two subspecies of gray wolf indigenous to the Japanese archipelago, but extinct since the early 20th century, resembling a Border collie in stature and believed to be the closest wild relative to the modern domestic dog.: Compare Hokkaido wolf.

Origin of Japanese wolf

First recorded in 1875–80
  • Also called Hon·shu wolf [hon-shoo woolf] /ˈhɒn ʃu ˈwʊlf/ .

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