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wolverine Line breaks: wol¦ver|ine
Pronunciation: /ˈwʊlvəriːn/

Definition of wolverine in English:


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A heavily built short-legged carnivorous mammal with a long brown coat and a bushy tail, native to northern tundra and forests in Eurasia and North America.
  • Gulo gulo, 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.


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

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