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wolverine Syllabification: wol·ver·ine
Pronunciation: /ˌwo͝olvəˈrēn/

Definition of wolverine in English:


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1A heavily built short-legged carnivorous mammal with a shaggy dark coat and a bushy tail, native to the tundra and forests of arctic and subarctic regions.
  • Gulo luscus of North America and G. gulo of Europe, family Mustelidae
Example sentences
  • Predators of erethizontids include mustelids such as martens, minks, wolverines, ermine, weasels, and fishers.
  • The researchers discovered shards of bone from mammoths, musk ox, brown bear, wolverine, rhinoceros, hares, bison, horses, reindeer, and cave lion.
  • The weasel family includes such colourful characters as otters, wolverines, skunks, minks and badgers.
2 (Wolverine) informal A native or inhabitant of Michigan.
Example sentences
  • Any Democrat in the crowd or among the Wolverines would have cringed at the contrast.


Late 16th century (earlier as wolvering): formed obscurely from wolv-, plural stem of wolf.

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