Origin: OE. Wolf, wulf, AS. Wulf; akin to OS. Wulf, D. & G. Wolf, Icel. Ulfr, Sw. Ulf, Dan. Ulv, Goth. Wulfs, Lith. Vilkas, Russ. Volk', L. Lupus, Gr. Lykos, Skr. Vrika; also to Gr. "elkein to draw, drag, tear in pieces. Cf. Lupine, Lyceum.
1. <zoology> Any one of several species of wild and savage carnivores belonging to the genus Canis and closely allied to the common dog. The best-known and most destructive species are the European wolf (Canis lupus), the American gray, or timber, wolf (C. Occidentalis), and the prairie wolf, or coyote. Wolves often hunt in packs, and may thus attack large animals and even man.
Any one of several species of large, voracious marine fishes of the genus Anarrhichas, especially the common species (A. Lupus) of Europe and North America. These fishes have large teeth and powerful jaws. Called also catfish, sea cat, sea wolf, stone biter, and swinefish. Wolf net, a kind of net used in fishing, which takes great numbers of fish.
(01 Mar 1998)
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