• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wolverene (Zoöl) A carnivorous mammal (Gulo gulo formerly Gulo luscus), of the weasel family Mustelidæ, about the size of a large badger; called also glutton and carcajou. It is a native of the northern parts of America, Europe, and Asia.
    • Wolverene A nickname for an inhabitant of Michigan.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wolverene An inhabitant of the State of Michigan.
    • n wolverene The American glutton, or carcajou, Gulo luscus (specifically identical with the glutton of the Old World), a subplantigrade carnivorous mammal of the family Mustelidæ, inhabiting British America and northerly or mountainous regions of the United States. It is 2 or 3 feet long, of thick-set form, with short, stout legs, low ears, subplantigrade feet, bushy tail and shaggy pelage of blackish color, with a lighter band of color on each side meeting its fellow upon the rump. The animal is noted for its voracity, ferocity, and sagacity. In the fur countries, where the wolverene is numerous, it is one of the most serious obstacles with which the trapper has to contend, as it soon learns to spring the traps set for ermine and sable, and devour the bait without getting caught, being itself too wary to be trapped without great difficulty. In these regions, also, caches of provisions must be constructed with special precautions against their discovery and spoliation by wolverenes. The pelt is valuable, and is much used for robes and mats, in which the whitish or light-brown areas of the fur present a set of oval or horseshoe-shaped figures when several skins are sewed together. From its comparatively large and very stout form, together with its special coloration, the wolverene is sometimes called skunk-bear.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Wolverene wool-ve-rēn′ a name given to the American glutton or carcajou, from its rapacity.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Wolf, with a dim suffix; prob. so called from its supposed wolfish qualities
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Extension of wolf.


In literature:

Over there in the timber is the wolverene.
"Blackfeet Indian Stories" by George Bird Grinnell
The tracks of foxes, wolves, wolverenes, and martens, were very numerous.
"Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the Years 1819-20-21-22, Volume 1" by John Franklin
The skull is very like that of the wolverenes in general form.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
"The Young Voyageurs" by Mayne Reid
They were soon under the very branch, and I saw the wolverene with his legs erected and ears set for the spring.
"The Desert Home" by Mayne Reid
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
There are found the valuable beaver and the wolverene that preys upon it.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
The wolverene did not need that faint, almost invisible wisp of vapour from the air-holes to tell him there were beavers below.
"The House in the Water" by Charles G. D. Roberts
You enlisted the help of a man that hates me and mine, as a trapper hates a wolverene.
"The Wilderness Trail" by Frank Williams
He felt himself at the mercy of a miscreant as rapacious, fierce, and pitiless, as a wolverene dropping on its prey.
"Vassall Morton" by Francis Parkman