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Definition: prairie wolf
n : small wolf native to western North America [syn: coyote
, brush wolf
, Canis latrans
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Definition: Prairie wolf
, n. [F., an extensive meadow, OF. praerie,
LL. prataria, fr. L. pratum a meadow.]
1. An extensive tract of level or rolling land, destitute of
trees, covered with coarse grass, and usually
characterized by a deep, fertile soil. They abound
throughout the Mississippi valley, between the Alleghanies
and the Rocky mountains.
From the forests and the prairies,
From the great lakes of the northland. --Longfellow.
2. A meadow or tract of grass; especially, a so called
(Zo["o]l.), any American grouse of the
, especially Tympanuchus Americanus
(formerly Tympanuchus cupido
), which inhabits the
prairies of the central United States. Applied also to the
(Bot.), any plant of the leguminous genus
, having small rosy or white flowers in
dense terminal heads or spikes. Several species occur in
the prairies of the United States.
(Bot.), a coarse composite plant (Silphium terebinthaceum
) with large rough leaves and yellow
flowers, found in the Western prairies.
(Zo["o]l.), a small American rodent (Cynomys Ludovicianus
) allied to the marmots. It inhabits the
plains west of the Mississippi. The prairie dogs burrow in
the ground in large warrens, and have a sharp bark like
that of a dog. Called also prairie marmot
. Same as Prairie chicken
(Zo["o]l.), a large long-eared Western hare
). See Jack rabbit
, under 2d Jack
, Prairie falcon
(Zo["o]l.), a falcon of
Western North America (Falco Mexicanus
). The upper parts
are brown. The tail has transverse bands of white; the
under parts, longitudinal streaks and spots of brown.
. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Prairie chicken
(Med.), an affection of the skin attended with
intense itching, which is observed in the Northern and
Western United States; -- also called swamp itch
. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Prairie dog
(Zo["o]l.), a large American mole (Scalops argentatus
), native of the Western prairies.
, Prairie plover
, or Prairie snipe
(Zo["o]l.), the upland plover. See Plover
, n., 2.
(Zo["o]l.), the massasauga.
(Zo["o]l.), a large harmless American snake
). It is pale yellow, tinged
with brown above.
(Zo["o]l.), any American ground squirrel
of the genus Spermophilus
, inhabiting prairies; --
called also gopher
(Bot.), the edible turnip-shaped farinaceous
root of a leguminous plant (Psoralea esculenta
) of the
Upper Missouri region; also, the plant itself. Called also
, and pomme de prairie
(Zo["o]l.), a bright-colored American
warbler (Dendroica discolor
). The back is olive yellow,
with a group of reddish spots in the middle; the under
parts and the parts around the eyes are bright yellow; the
sides of the throat and spots along the sides, black;
three outer tail feathers partly white.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Coyote
, 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
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of wild and savage
carnivores belonging to the genus Canis
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.
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.
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.
4. A white worm, or maggot, which infests granaries.
5. An eating ulcer or sore. Cf. Lupus
If God should send a cancer upon thy face, or a wolf
into thy side. --Jer. Taylor.
(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.
7. (Textile Manuf.) A willying machine. --Knight.
(a) A black variety of the European wolf which is common
in the Pyrenees.
(b) A black variety of the American gray wolf.
(Zo["o]l.), the Thibetan wolf (Canis laniger
); -- called also chanco
(Zo["o]l.), an Asiatic wolf (Canis pallipes
which somewhat resembles a jackal. Called also landgak
(Zo["o]l.), the coyote.
. (Zo["o]l.) See in the Vocabulary.
(Zo["o]l.) the striped hyena.
(Zo["o]l.), the zebra 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.
(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
(Zo["o]l.), a 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
Europe and North America. These fishes have large teeth
and powerful jaws. Called also catfish
, sea cat
, sea wolf
, stone biter
, and swinefish
, a kind of net used in fishing, which takes great
numbers of fish.
(Bot.), the tomato, or love apple
(Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of
running ground spiders belonging to the genus Lycosa
. These spiders run about rapidly in
search of their prey. Most of them are plain brown or
blackish in color. See Illust. in App.
(Zo["o]l.), a savage carnivorous marsupial
) native of Tasmania; -- called
also Tasmanian wolf