Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An inhabitant of the State of Michigan.
- n. 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
- n. alternative spelling of wolverine.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A carnivorous mammal (Gulo gulo formerly Gulo luscus), of the weasel family
Mustelidæ, about the size of a large badger; called also gluttonand carcajou. It is a native of the northern parts of America, Europe, and Asia.
- n. United States A nickname for an inhabitant of Michigan.
“The Canadian voyageurs call the wolverene "carcajou;" while among the”
“The wolverene is the fur-trapper's greatest foe, and, as may be supposed, he has no mercy shown him.”
“Where the wolverene tumbles their packs from the camp and the grave-mound they made them;”
“But more than this clouded his mind, he had been brought to say good-bye to Jessamine Buckner, who had scarcely seen him, and to give her a wolverene-skin, a hunting trophy.”
“Early in the morning they set out, and the wolverene showed Scarface the trail, and he followed it until he came to the water's edge.”
“Some one close to him said, "What is it, my brother?" and looking around, he saw the wolverene sitting there.”
“Scarface went over to the forest and looked all about for the wolverene, but could not see him; so he sat down on a log to rest.”
“In short, it was, as the reader may have guessed, a wolverene, or glutton, an animal rarely seen in Maine even by the early settlers, for its habitat is much farther north.”
“The wolverene, as this strange quadruped is called by zoologists, lives in hollow trees or rocky caves, whence it issues at night and creates great havoc amongst beavers, musk-rats, and other rodents, sometimes fighting with a fox or a wolf for its spoils.”
“None of them are arboreal, although in olden times marvellous tales were told of the wolverene or glutton as being in the habit of dropping down from branches of trees on the backs of large animals, clinging on to them and draining their life blood as they fled.”
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