Wolverine meaning

wo͝olvə-rēn, wo͝olvə-rēn
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A student attending or a graduate of the University of Michigan or a fan of the school's athletic teams.
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A solitary mustelid mammal (Gulo gulo) of northern regions, having a heavyset body, short legs, dark fur, and a bushy tail, and known for its aggressive predatory behavior.
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A solitary, fierce member of the weasel family, Gulo gulo.
  • A male wolverine, (a female wolverine being called an angeline).
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A person born or living in Michigan, called the Wolverine State.
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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

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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 Wiktionary

  • From wolverine

    From Wiktionary