wol·ver·ine (wl′və-rēn, wlvə-rēn′)
A solitary mustelid mammal (Gulo gulo) of northern regions, having a heavyset body, short legs, dark fur, and a bushy tail, and known for its aggressive predatory behavior. Also called carcajou, glutton, skunk bear.
[Probably from WOLF.]
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