Definition of wolverine in English:

wolverine

noun

  • 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

    • ‘Fishers are among the least understood of the weasel family, or mustelids, which also includes martens, minks, ermines, ferrets, badgers, otters, and wolverines.’
    • ‘Brown and black bears, wolves, wolverines and mountain goats roam the mountains, while millions of migratory birds rest and feed along mudflats and estuaries.’
    • ‘The researchers discovered shards of bone from mammoths, musk ox, brown bear, wolverine, rhinoceros, hares, bison, horses, reindeer, and cave lion.’
    • ‘Especially vulnerable are large, far-ranging carnivores like grizzly bears, mountain lions, panthers, wolverines, and lynx - animals that may travel 100 miles in just a few days.’
    • ‘The weasel family includes such colourful characters as otters, wolverines, skunks, minks and badgers.’
    • ‘Pugnacious, bold, and curious, like other weasels, the wolverine is omnivorous and consumes a wide range of edible roots and berries, small game, and fish.’
    • ‘They are hunted by coyotes, badgers, foxes, owls, and wolverines.’
    • ‘Bobcats, wolverines, and fishers, that know how to flip the animal on its back and expose its unprotected underside, are the most adept at killing porcupines.’
    • ‘Predators of erethizontids include mustelids such as martens, minks, wolverines, ermine, weasels, and fishers.’
    • ‘It's the mascot of the University of Michigan's college football team, but it's unlikely you'll see a wolverine in the Wolverine State - or most of the rest of the country, for that matter.’
    • ‘Black bears, grizzly bears, polar bears, wolverines, mountain lions, a number of snakes and even lynx, badgers and black flies might kill you in the wild in Canada.’
    • ‘Murkowski says his bill poses no danger to the migratory birds, caribou, wolverines, musk oxen, polar and grizzly bears that live in the Refuge, but a look 60 miles to the west, location of the Prudhoe Bay oil fields, proves him wrong.’
    • ‘Roads fragment wildlife habitat, eliminating creatures that require big tracts of undeveloped land such as forest birds, elk, caribou, lynx, wolves, wolverines, and grizzlies.’
    • ‘Whereas the largest are fairly well researched, knowledge of the fisher, wolverine, river otter, mink, lynx, bobcat, and raccoon is almost entirely from anecdote.’
    • ‘Wolves, wolverines, and brown bears crisscross its terrain.’
    • ‘It is a predator's showcase, home not just to wolves and grizzlies, but wolverines, lynx, bobcat, marten, fisher, black bear, mountain lion, golden eagle, bald eagle, coyote, fox, weasel.’
    • ‘The area's most famous animal resident is, naturally, the reindeer, but wolverines, arctic foxes and bears also thrive in the region's wilds.’
    • ‘The delta is a stopover for as many as 16 million migrating shorebirds and waterfowl every year and home to numerous other species, including wolves, wolverines, lynx and sea lions.’
    • ‘The bear, wolf, coyote, fisher, wolverine, otter, and lynx prey upon the beaver who is, nevertheless, a powerful antagonist when at bay.’
    • ‘Copeland, the U.S. Forest Service researcher, and other scientists are studying how wolverines cover these immense distances and connect seemingly isolated populations as they roam.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

wolverine

/ˈwʊlvəriːn/