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Glutton \Glut"ton\, n. [OE. glotoun, glotun, F. glouton, fr. L. gluto, glutto. See Glut.] [1913 Webster]
One who eats voraciously, or to excess; a gormandizer. [1913 Webster]
Fig.: One who gluts himself. [1913 Webster] Gluttons in murder, wanton to destroy. --Granville. [1913 Webster]
(Zool.) A carnivorous mammal (Gulo gulo formerly Gulo luscus), of the weasel family Mustelid[ae], about the size of a large badger; called also wolverine, wolverene and carcajou. It was formerly believed to be inordinately voracious, whence the name. It is a native of the northern parts of America, Europe, and Asia. [1913 Webster +PJC] Glutton bird (Zool.), the giant fulmar (Ossifraga gigantea); -- called also Mother Carey's goose, and mollymawk. [1913 Webster]
Wolverene \Wol`ver*ene"\, Wolverine \Wol`ver*ine"\, n. [From Wolf, with a dim suffix; prob. so called from its supposed wolfish qualities.]
(Zool.) A carnivorous mammal (Gulo gulo formerly Gulo luscus), of the weasel family Mustelidae, about the size of a large badger; called also glutton and carcajou. It is a native of the northern parts of America, Europe, and Asia. [1913 Webster +PJC]
A nickname for an inhabitant of Michigan. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 a resident of Michigan [syn: Michigander]
2 wolverine of northern Eurasia [syn: glutton, Gulo gulo]
3 stocky shaggy-coated North American carnivorous mammal [syn: carcajou, skunk bear, Gulo luscus]

Moby Thesaurus

Cape polecat, ape, bar, bear, cavy, chimp, chimpanzee, coon, ferret, foumart, glutton, groundhog, guinea pig, hedgehog, monk, monkey, mousehound, opossum, polecat, porcupine, possum, prairie dog, quill pig, raccoon, skunk, weasel, whistle-pig, woodchuck, zoril


Alternative spellings


  • IPA: /ˈwʊlvɜːˌriːn/ or /ˈwɒlvɜːˌriːn/ (plural /ˈwʊlvɜːˌriːnz/ or /ˈwɒlvɜːˌriːnz/)


wolverine (plural wolverines)
  1. A solitary, fierce member of the weasel family; Gulo gulo
  2. A comic book character found in Marvel Comics.

Scientific names


Gulo gulo
The wolverine (Gulo gulo) is the largest land-dwelling species of the Mustelidae or weasel family (the Giant Otter is largest overall), and is the only species currently classified in the genus Gulo (meaning "glutton"). It is also called the Glutton or Carcajou. Some authors recognize two subspecies: the Old World form Gulo gulo gulo and the New World form G. g. luscus. A third subspecies limited to Vancouver Island (G. g. vancouverensis) is also occasionally described. However craniomorphic evidence suggests that the Vancouver Island wolverines are properly included within G. g. luscus.


Anatomically, (Gulo) is a stocky and muscular animal, the largest land-dwelling member of the Weasel family Mustelidae but known on occasion to eat plant material.


| unknown | 3.0 (± 0.4 SE) wolverines/1,000 km2 | unclear | 15000 to 19000 by hunters and biologists near Ubly, it was the first confirmed sighting of a wolverine in Michigan in about two centuries. It is unknown if that particular animal was a state native or if it migrated or had been released by humans.
The European Football League (playing American football in Europe) includes the Helsinki Wolverines, founded in 1995. The team plays in the Maple League, the Finnish top level. The wolverine figures prominently in the mythology of the Innu people of eastern Québec and Labrador. In at least one Innu myth, it is the creator of the world.
In the movie Red Dawn, the group of teen partisans who fight the Soviet and Cuban forces call themselves the "Wolverines" based on their high school football team's mascot.
In the Central Interior Hockey League, founded in 1996, in British Columbia, Canada, an ice hockey team team based in Hazelton, British Columbia is named the Hazelton Wolverines.


wolverine in Breton: Karkajou
wolverine in Bulgarian: Росомаха
wolverine in Yakut: Сиэгэн
wolverine in Czech: Rosomák sibiřský
wolverine in Danish: Jærv
wolverine in German: Vielfraß
wolverine in Estonian: Ahm
wolverine in Spanish: Gulo gulo
wolverine in Esperanto: Gulo
wolverine in French: Glouton
wolverine in Icelandic: Jarfi
wolverine in Italian: Gulo gulo
wolverine in Hebrew: גרגרן
wolverine in Lithuanian: Ernis
wolverine in Hungarian: Rozsomák
wolverine in Dutch: Veelvraat (zoogdier)
wolverine in Japanese: クズリ
wolverine in Norwegian: Jerv
wolverine in Norwegian Nynorsk: Jerv
wolverine in Polish: Rosomak
wolverine in Portuguese: Glutão
wolverine in Russian: Росомаха
wolverine in Simple English: Wolverine
wolverine in Finnish: Ahma
wolverine in Swedish: Järv
wolverine in Vietnamese: Chồn gulô
wolverine in Ukrainian: Росомаха
wolverine in Chinese: 貂熊
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