nounpl. -·ines′ or -·ine′
- a stocky, ferocious, musteline carnivore (Gulo gulo), with thick fur, found in the N U.S., N Eurasia, and Canada
- its fur
- [W-]Informal a person born or living in Michigan, called the Wolverine State
Origin of wolverineirregular diminutive from wolf, probably because of its ferocity
Origin of wolverineProbably from wolf
Alteration of earlier wolvering, probably ultimately from wolf.
- A native or resident of the American state of Michigan.
- 1846: [The term "Sucker" is] The cognomen of the Illinoians, answering to the Buckeye of Ohio, the Wolverine of Michigan, the Corn-cracker of Kentucky, &c. "” Eliza Wood Farnham, Life in Prairie Land, 1846, p. 63
- A student attending or a graduate of the University of Michigan or a fan of the school's athletic teams.