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
Origin of wolverine
- Probably from wolf
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Alteration of earlier wolvering, probably ultimately from wolf.
- From wolverine