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Definition of wolf:

  1. A white worm, or maggot, which infests granaries.
  2. A willying machine.
  3. An eating ulcer or sore. Cf. Lupus.
  4. 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 ( C. occidentalis), and the prairie wolf, or coyote. Wolves often hunt in packs, and may thus attack large animals and even man.
  5. Fig.: Any very ravenous, rapacious, or destructive person or thing; especially, want; starvation; as, they toiled hard to keep the wolf from the door.
  6. In bowed instruments, a harshness due to defective vibration in certain notes of the scale.
  7. One of the destructive, and usually hairy, larvae of several species of beetles and grain moths; as, the bee wolf.
  8. The harsh, howling sound of some of the chords on an organ or piano tuned by unequal temperament.


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