One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the southwestern US and Mexico) a timber wolf.
- ‘For information on the Mexican gray wolf or lobo, which is not affected by the reclassification proposal, visit Region 2's ‘Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery’ webpage.’
- ‘‘But where the lobo is and whether it has anything to do with wolfish-ness I do not know,’ Umberto finished.’
- ‘Killings threaten lobos in Rocky Mountains’
- ‘The last of the San Juan lobos - the last wild wolf in Colorado - was killed in 1945, felled by a government wildlife officer within sight of a herd of cattle.’
- ‘Near as we can figure it, he's Mexican lobo with German Shepherd thrown in, along with God only knows what else.’
Mid 19th century: from Spanish, from Latin lupus ‘wolf’.
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