Definitions for wolverineˌwʊl vəˈrin, ˈwʊl vəˌrin

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wol•ver•ineˌwʊl vəˈrin, ˈwʊl vəˌrin(n.)

  1. a strong, stocky Northern Hemisphere carnivore, Gulo luscus, of the weasel family.

    Category: Mammals

  2. (cap.) a native or inhabitant of Michigan (used as a nickname).

    Category: Geography (places)

Origin of wolverine:

1565–75; alter. of earlier wolvering (with -ine3 for -ing3), obscure der. of wolf

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Michigander, Wolverine(noun)

    a native or resident of Michigan

  2. glutton, Gulo gulo, wolverine(noun)

    musteline mammal of northern Eurasia

  3. wolverine, carcajou, skunk bear, Gulo luscus(noun)

    stocky shaggy-coated North American carnivorous mammal

Wiktionary

  1. wolverine(Noun)

    A solitary, fierce member of the weasel family; Gulo gulo

    1846: uE000456154uE001 The cognomen of the Illinoians, answering to the Buckeye of Ohio, the Wolverine of Michigan, the Corn-cracker of Kentucky, &c. u2014 Eliza Wood Farnham, Life in Prairie Land, 1846, p. 63

  2. Wolverine(Noun)

    A native or resident of the American state of Michigan.

    1846: uE000456154uE001 The cognomen of the Illinoians, answering to the Buckeye of Ohio, the Wolverine of Michigan, the Corn-cracker of Kentucky, &c. u2014 Eliza Wood Farnham, Life in Prairie Land, 1846, p. 63

  3. Wolverine(Noun)

    A student attending or a graduate of the University of Michigan or a fan of the school's athletic teams.

  4. Origin: From wolverine

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wolverine(noun)

    the glutton

  2. Wolverine(noun)

    a nickname for an inhabitant of Michigan

Freebase

  1. Wolverine

    The wolverine, pronounced, Gulo gulo, also referred to as glutton, carcajou, skunk bear, or quickhatch, is the largest land-dwelling species of the family Mustelidae. It is a stocky and muscular carnivore, more closely resembling a small bear than other mustelids. The wolverine has a reputation for ferocity and strength out of proportion to its size, with the documented ability to kill prey many times larger than itself. The wolverine can be found primarily in remote reaches of the Northern boreal forests and subarctic and alpine tundra of the Northern Hemisphere, with the greatest numbers in northern Canada, the U.S. state of Alaska, the Nordic countries of Europe, and throughout western Russia and Siberia. Their populations have experienced a steady decline since the 19th century in the face of trapping, range reduction and habitat fragmentation, such that they are essentially absent in the southern end of their European range. Large populations are thought to remain in North America and northern Asia. Wolverines are solitary animals. In February 2013, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service proposed giving Endangered Species Act protections to the wolverine largely because climate change is whittling away its wintry habitat in the northern Rockies.

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