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Definition: To keep the wolf from the door
, 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