Wolf eel
Wolf Wolf, n.; pl. {Wolves}. [OE. wolf, wulf, AS. wulf; akin to OS. wulf, D. & G. wolf, Icel. [=u]lfr, Sw. ulf, Dan. ulv, Goth. wulfs, Lith. vilkas, Russ. volk', L. lupus, Gr. ly`kos, Skr. v[.r]ka; also to Gr. "e`lkein to draw, drag, tear in pieces. [root]286. Cf. {Lupine}, a., {Lyceum}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of wild and savage carnivores belonging to the genus {Canis} and closely allied to the common dog. The best-known and most destructive species are the European wolf ({Canis lupus}), the American gray, or timber, wolf ({Canis occidentalis}), and the prairie wolf, or coyote. Wolves often hunt in packs, and may thus attack large animals and even man. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) One of the destructive, and usually hairy, larv[ae] of several species of beetles and grain moths; as, the bee wolf. [1913 Webster]

3. Fig.: Any very ravenous, rapacious, or destructive person or thing; especially, want; starvation; as, they toiled hard to keep the wolf from the door. [1913 Webster]

4. A white worm, or maggot, which infests granaries. [1913 Webster]

5. An eating ulcer or sore. Cf. {Lupus}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

If God should send a cancer upon thy face, or a wolf into thy side. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

6. (Mus.) (a) The harsh, howling sound of some of the chords on an organ or piano tuned by unequal temperament. (b) In bowed instruments, a harshness due to defective vibration in certain notes of the scale. [1913 Webster]

7. (Textile Manuf.) A willying machine. --Knight. [1913 Webster]

{Black wolf}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A black variety of the European wolf which is common in the Pyrenees. (b) A black variety of the American gray wolf.

{Golden wolf} (Zo["o]l.), the Thibetan wolf ({Canis laniger}); -- called also {chanco}.

{Indian wolf} (Zo["o]l.), an Asiatic wolf ({Canis pallipes}) which somewhat resembles a jackal. Called also {landgak}.

{Prairie wolf} (Zo["o]l.), the coyote.

{Sea wolf}. (Zo["o]l.) See in the Vocabulary.

{Strand wolf} (Zo["o]l.) the striped hyena.

{Tasmanian wolf} (Zo["o]l.), the zebra wolf.

{Tiger wolf} (Zo["o]l.), the spotted hyena.

{To keep the wolf from the door}, to keep away poverty; to prevent starvation. See {Wolf}, 3, above. --Tennyson.

{Wolf dog}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The mastiff, or shepherd dog, of the Pyrenees, supposed by some authors to be one of the ancestors of the St. Bernard dog. (b) The Irish greyhound, supposed to have been used formerly by the Danes for chasing wolves. (c) A dog bred between a dog and a wolf, as the Eskimo dog.

{Wolf eel} (Zo["o]l.), a wolf fish.

{Wolf fish} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of large, voracious marine fishes of the genus {Anarrhichas}, especially the common species ({Anarrhichas lupus}) of Europe and North America. These fishes have large teeth and powerful jaws. Called also {catfish}, {sea cat}, {sea wolf}, {stone biter}, and {swinefish}.

{Wolf net}, a kind of net used in fishing, which takes great numbers of fish.

{Wolf's peach} (Bot.), the tomato, or love apple ({Lycopersicum esculentum}).

{Wolf spider} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of running ground spiders belonging to the genus {Lycosa}, or family {Lycosid[ae]}. These spiders run about rapidly in search of their prey. Most of them are plain brown or blackish in color. See Illust. in App.

{Zebra wolf} (Zo["o]l.), a savage carnivorous marsupial ({Thylacinus cynocephalus}) native of Tasmania; -- called also {Tasmanian wolf}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Wolf eel — Taxobox image caption = A wolf eel (right) regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Actinopterygii ordo = Perciformes familia = Anarhichadidae genus = Anarrhichthys species = A. ocellatus binomial = Anarrhichthys ocellatus binomial authority …   Wikipedia

  • wolf eel — vilkinis likodonas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Lycenchelys verrillii angl. wolf eel; wolf eelpout rus. волчий лиценхел ryšiai: platesnis terminas – ilgauodegiai likodonai …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • wolf eel — noun : a long slender wolffish (Anarhichthys ocellatus) occurring along the coast from Alaska to southern California * * * wolf eel, the wolf fish of the North Pacific …   Useful english dictionary

  • wolf eel — ungurinė vilkžuvė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Anarrhichthys ocellatus angl. Pacific wolffish; wolf eel rus. угревидная зубатка ryšiai: platesnis terminas – ungurinės vilkžuvės …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • wolf-eel — /woolf eel /, n. a large, eellike fish, Anarrhichthys ocellatus, inhabiting waters along the Pacific coast of North America. [1880 85, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • wolf-eel — /woolf eel /, n. a large, eellike fish, Anarrhichthys ocellatus, inhabiting waters along the Pacific coast of North America. [1880 85, Amer.] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sars’ wolf eel — Beringo jūros likodonas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Lycenchelys sarsi angl. Sars’ wolf eel rus. лиценхел Сарса ryšiai: platesnis terminas – ilgauodegiai likodonai …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • Labrador wolf eel — labradorinis ilgauodegis likodonas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Lycenchelys labradorensis angl. Labrador wolf eel rus. лабрадорский лиценхел ryšiai: platesnis terminas – ilgauodegiai likodonai …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • checkered wolf eel — dėmėtasis ilgauodegis likodonas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Lycenchelys kolthoffi angl. checkered wolf eel rus. пятнистый лиценхел; пятнистый лиценхелис ryšiai: platesnis terminas – ilgauodegiai… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • Wolf — Wolf, n.; pl. {Wolves}. [OE. wolf, wulf, AS. wulf; akin to OS. wulf, D. & G. wolf, Icel. [=u]lfr, Sw. ulf, Dan. ulv, Goth. wulfs, Lith. vilkas, Russ. volk , L. lupus, Gr. ly kos, Skr. v[.r]ka; also to Gr. e lkein to draw, drag, tear in pieces.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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