wolf, noun1

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Any of several mammals bearing some resemblance to the wolf of the northern hemisphere, particularly the southern African hyaenas (but in some contexts, probably the aardwolf or the wild dog). See also aardwolf, strandwolf, tiger-wolf.
[1596 T. Johnson Cornucopiae B4A certaine Wolfe called Hyena.]
1975 W. Steenkamp Land of Thirst King 164The first Dutch settlers tacked the name ‘wolf’ to the various hyaenas they encountered.
Any of several mammals bearing some resemblance to the wolf of the northern hemisphere, particularly the southern African hyaenas (but in some contexts, probably the aardwolf or the wild dog).

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