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Definition of Wolf


  1. 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.
  2. One of the destructive, and usually hairy, larvae of several species of beetles and grain moths; as, the bee wolf.
  3. Fig.: Any very ravenous, rapacious, or destructive person or thing; especially, want; starvation; as, they toiled hard to keep the wolf from the door.
  4. A white worm, or maggot, which infests granaries.
  5. An eating ulcer or sore. Cf. Lupus.
  6. The harsh, howling sound of some of the chords on an organ or piano tuned by unequal temperament.
  7. In bowed instruments, a harshness due to defective vibration in certain notes of the scale.
  8. A willying machine.

Wolf Quotations

I woke up one morning thinking about wolves and realized that wolf packs function as families. Everyone has a role, and if you act within the parameters of your role, the whole pack succeeds, and when that falls apart, so does the pack.
Jodi Picoult

A gentleman is simply a patient wolf.
Lana Turner

The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.
Abraham Lincoln

If you live among wolves you have to act like a wolf.
Nikita Khrushchev

I dabbled in things like Howlin' Wolf, Cream and Led Zeppelin, but when I heard Son House and Robert Johnson, it blew my mind. It was something I'd been missing my whole life. That music made me discard everything else and just get down to the soul and honesty of the blues.
Jack White
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Wolf Translations

wolf in Afrikaans is wolf
wolf in Danish is ulv
wolf in Dutch is wolf
wolf in Finnish is susi
wolf in French is loup
wolf in German is Wolf
wolf in Hungarian is nagy kan, farkas
wolf in Italian is lupo
wolf in Latin is lupus
wolf in Portuguese is lobo
wolf in Spanish is lobo
wolf in Swedish is varg, ulv
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