Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A solitary, burrowing carnivorous mammal (Gulo gulo) of northern forest regions, related to the weasel and having a heavyset body, short legs, dark fur, and a bushy tail. Also called carcajou, glutton, skunk bear.

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  • n. A solitary, fierce member of the weasel family, Gulo gulo.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. stocky shaggy-coated North American carnivorous mammal
  • n. a native or resident of Michigan
  • n. musteline mammal of northern Eurasia

Etymologies

Probably from wolf.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Well then, Pro, I must be a wolverine!

    May 1, 2009

  • This animal is also known with the less alluring name of glutton.

    May 1, 2009

  • I have to disagree with Chained Bear. The University of Michigan is a prominent university, and very well know in college sports. It is also the premier university in the state of Michigan. As such, residents of Michigan are Wolverines. The animal is fairly obscure, but there are a lot of people from Michigan. Now, I agree that using Wolverine in general to describe Michigan residents and not just alumni is a bit unfortunate, especially for graduates of Michigan State (the Spartans), but it is something I hear all the time.

    March 30, 2009

  • That's WeirdNet for you. Always rabble-rousing.

    March 14, 2009

  • Well of course! But from WeirdNET one would imagine it's filled with wolverines!

    March 14, 2009

  • But you do agree that Michigan's a lovely place, fur-bearing fissipeds or no?

    March 14, 2009

  • "A native or resident of Michigan"? Really, WeirdNET? That's the most prominent definition?

    I'm down with a fissiped fur-bearing carnivorous mammals. Just not so much with Michigan, dig?

    March 14, 2009

  • What? WeirdNet says, repeatedly, that a wolverine is a "fissiped fur-bearing carnivorous mammals." Isn't that enough for you bear types?

    March 13, 2009

  • And without the "beautiful pubic hair. I can't really think of anything else to say right now. I blew a fuse. Need to go away and fix it.

    March 13, 2009

  • Wow. "Who designed this" indeed.

    P.S. Weirdnet, WTF?

    March 13, 2009

  • Here.

    March 13, 2009