Definition of dire wolf in English:

dire wolf

Syllabification: dire wolf

noun

  • A large extinct wolf of the Pleistocene epoch that preyed on large mammals.
    • Canis dirus, family Canidae
    More example sentences
    • Among this group, the extinct dire wolf (a giant relative of living wolves) claimed the most powerful bite force relative to its size.
    • Against the blue of a mountain range - the same profile of peaks I could see from Grandview - were vultures, mammoths, dire wolves, La Brea camels, saber-toothed cats, and giant ground sloths.
    • The figures at the top left and bottom right are dire wolves, extinct relatives of wolves and dogs.

Origin

dire in the sense 'threatening', translating the modern Latin taxonomic name.

More definitions of dire wolf

Definition of dire wolf in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day grotesquerie
Pronunciation: grəʊˈtɛskəri
noun
grotesque quality or grotesque things collectively