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tiger-wolf, noun

Forms:
Also tyger-wolf.
Origin:
South African Dutch, DutchShow more Translation of South African Dutch, from Dutch tijger tiger, leopard + wolf hyaena; see quotation 1810.
obs.
The hyaena Crocuta crocuta of the Hyaenidae, off-white with dark brown irregular spots, powerful forequarters, and a broad, massive head with dark brown or nearly black muzzle and rounded ears. See also wolf noun1.
1731 G. Medley tr. of P. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H. II. 107With Regard to the Tiger-Wolf, Authors upon Animals are strangely divided and mistaken...My own Account of the Tiger-wolf is this. He is of the Size of an ordinary Sheep-dog, or somewhat Larger. His Head is broad, like that of an English Bull-Dog.
[1920 F.C. Cornell Glamour of Prospecting 181Probably a hyena had taken it, for both the stronte wolf and the tijger wolf are common in these mountains.]
The hyaena Crocuta crocuta of the Hyaenidae, off-white with dark brown irregular spots, powerful forequarters, and a broad, massive head with dark brown or nearly black muzzle and rounded ears.

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