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Plural of wolf.


the plural of wolf



n., pl. wolves (wo͝olvz),
v. n.
1. any of several carnivorous mammals of the genus Canus, esp. the gray wolf, Canis lupus, formerly common throughout the Northern Hemisphere.
2. any of several other large canids, as the maned wolf.
3. the fur of such an animal.
4. any of various unrelated wolflike animals, as the thylacine.
5. a cruelly rapacious person.
6. a man who makes amorous advances to many women.
7. a pitch of unstable quality or loudness sometimes occurring in a bowed musical instrument.
8. to devour voraciously (often fol. by down): to wolf one's food.
9. to hunt for wolves.
1. cry wolf, to give a false alarm.
2. keep the wolf from the door, to avert poverty or starvation.
3. wolf in sheep's clothing, a person who conceals evil beneath an innocent exterior.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English wulf, c. Old Saxon wulf, Old High German wolf, Old Norse ulfr, Gothic wulfs, Polish wilk, Skt vṛka; akin to Latin lupus, Greek lýkos]
wolf′like`, adj.



1. Friedrich August, 1759–1824, German classical scholar.
2. Hugo, 1860–1903, Austrian composer.


See also animals.

1. a person suffering from lycanthropy.
2. a werewolf or alien spirit in the form of a bloodthirsty wolf.
3. a person reputed to be able to change himself or another person into a wolf.
1. Psychiatry. Also called lycomania. a kind of insanity in which the patient believes himself to be a beast, especially a wolf.
2. the supposed or fabled assumption of the form of a wolf by a human being. — lycanthropic, adj.
References in classic literature ?
He is scared of the wolves,' Antonia whispered to me.
Graves bring solemn feelings over the mind," returned the scout, a good deal touched at the calm suffering of his companion; "and they often aid a man in his good intentions; though, for myself, I expect to leave my own bones unburied, to bleach in the woods, or to be torn asunder by the wolves.
The prowling wolves diverted my nocturnal hours with perpetual howlings; and the various species of animals in this vast forest, in the daytime, were continually in my view.
But those wild eyes met his, as the bloodshot eyes of the prairie wolves meet the eye of their leader, ere he rushes on at their head in the trail of the bison; but, alas
Had these leviathans been but a flock of simple sheep, pursued over the pasture by three fierce wolves, they could not possibly have evinced such excessive dismay.
They could tell the whole hateful story of it, set forth the inner soul of a city in which justice and honor, women's bodies and men's souls, were for sale in the marketplace, and human beings writhed and fought and fell upon each other like wolves in a pit; in which lusts were raging fires, and men were fuel, and humanity was festering and stewing and wallowing in its own corruption.
Right on behind, eight or ten of them, hot with brandy, swearing and foaming like so many wolves.
I couldn't leave her to fetch help, on account of the wolves.
I could hear the owls and the wolves away off in the woods, and it seemed terri- ble still.
Children like that feels like young wolves an' food's flesh an, blood to 'em," said Mrs.
grey wolves and black leaped upon the lioness and rent and worried her till she fell and was torn to pieces by them.
Thus they win Great numbers of each Nation to receave With joy the tidings brought from Heav'n: at length Thir Ministry perform'd, and race well run, Thir doctrine and thir story written left, They die; but in thir room, as they forewarne, Wolves shall succeed for teachers, grievous Wolves, Who all the sacred mysteries of Heav'n To thir own vile advantages shall turne Of lucre and ambition, and the truth With superstitions and traditions taint, Left onely in those written Records pure, Though not but by the Spirit understood.