wolverine

[ woo l-vuh-reen, woo l-vuh-reen ]
/ ˌwʊl vəˈrin, ˈwʊl vəˌrin /
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noun

Also called carcajou. a stocky, carnivorous North American mammal, Gulo luscus, of the weasel family, having blackish, shaggy hair with white markings.
(initial capital letter) a native or inhabitant of Michigan (the Wolverine State) (used as a nickname).

Origin of wolverine

1565–75; alteration of earlier wolvering (with -ine2 for -ing3), obscure derivative of wolf
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wolverine

/ (ˈwʊlvəˌriːn) /

noun

a large musteline mammal, Gulo gulo, of northern forests of Eurasia and North America having dark very thick water-resistant furAlso called: glutton

Word Origin for wolverine

C16 wolvering, from wolf + -ing ³ (later altered to -ine)
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Word Origin and History for wolverine

wolverine


n.

carnivorous mammal, 1610s, alteration of wolvering (1570s), of uncertain origin, possibly from wolv-, inflectional stem of wolf; or perhaps from wolver "one who behaves like a wolf" (1590s).

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