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 for Prairie wolf
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prairie \Prai"rie\, 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.
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              From the forests and the prairies,
              From the great lakes of the northland. --Longfellow.
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     2. A meadow or tract of grass; especially, a so called
        natural meadow.
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     Prairie chicken (Zool.), any American grouse of the genus
        Tympanuchus, especially Tympanuchus Americanus
        (formerly Tympanuchus cupido), which inhabits the
        prairies of the central United States. Applied also to the
        sharp-tailed grouse.
  
     Prairie clover (Bot.), any plant of the leguminous genus
        Petalostemon, having small rosy or white flowers in
        dense terminal heads or spikes. Several species occur in
        the prairies of the United States.
  
     Prairie dock (Bot.), a coarse composite plant ({Silphium
        terebinthaceum) with large rough leaves and yellow
        flowers, found in the Western prairies.
  
     Prairie dog (Zool.), 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.
  
     Prairie grouse. Same as Prairie chicken, above.
  
     Prairie hare (Zool.), a large long-eared Western hare
        ({Lepus campestris). See Jack rabbit, under 2d Jack.
        
  
     Prairie hawk, Prairie falcon (Zool.), 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.
  
     Prairie hen. (Zool.) Same as Prairie chicken, above.
  
     Prairie itch (Med.), an affection of the skin attended with
        intense itching, which is observed in the Northern and
        Western United States; -- also called swamp itch,
        winter itch.
  
     Prairie marmot. (Zool.) Same as Prairie dog, above.
  
     Prairie mole (Zool.), a large American mole ({Scalops
        argentatus), native of the Western prairies.
  
     Prairie pigeon, Prairie plover, or Prairie snipe
        (Zool.), the upland plover. See Plover, n., 2.
  
     Prairie rattlesnake (Zool.), the massasauga.
  
     Prairie snake (Zool.), a large harmless American snake
        ({Masticophis flavigularis). It is pale yellow, tinged
        with brown above.
  
     Prairie squirrel (Zool.), any American ground squirrel of
        the genus Spermophilus, inhabiting prairies; -- called
        also gopher.
  
     Prairie turnip (Bot.), the edible turnip-shaped farinaceous
        root of a leguminous plant ({Psoralea esculenta) of the
        Upper Missouri region; also, the plant itself. Called also
        pomme blanche, and pomme de prairie.
  
     Prairie warbler (Zool.), 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.
  
     Prairie wolf. (Zool.) See Coyote.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wolf \Wolf\, 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.]
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     1. (Zool.) Any one of several species of wild and savage
        carnivores belonging to the genus Canis and closely
        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.
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     2. (Zool.) One of the destructive, and usually hairy, larvae
        of several species of beetles and grain moths; as, the bee
        wolf.
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     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.
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     4. A white worm, or maggot, which infests granaries.
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     5. An eating ulcer or sore. Cf. Lupus. [Obs.]
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              If God should send a cancer upon thy face, or a wolf
              into thy side.                        --Jer. Taylor.
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     6. (Mus.)
        (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.
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     7. (Textile Manuf.) A willying machine. --Knight.
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     Black wolf. (Zool.)
        (a) A black variety of the European wolf which is common
            in the Pyrenees.
        (b) A black variety of the American gray wolf.
  
     Golden+wolf+(Zool.),+the+Thibetan+wolf+({Canis+laniger">Golden wolf (Zool.), the Thibetan wolf ({Canis laniger);
        -- called also chanco.
  
     Indian+wolf+(Zool.),+an+Asiatic+wolf+({Canis+pallipes">Indian wolf (Zool.), an Asiatic wolf ({Canis pallipes)
        which somewhat resembles a jackal. Called also landgak.
        
  
     Prairie wolf (Zool.), the coyote.
  
     Sea wolf. (Zool.) See in the Vocabulary.
  
     Strand wolf (Zool.) the striped hyena.
  
     Tasmanian wolf (Zool.), the zebra wolf.
  
     Tiger wolf (Zool.), the spotted hyena.
  
     To keep the wolf from the door, to keep away poverty; to
        prevent starvation. See Wolf, 3, above. --Tennyson.
  
     Wolf dog. (Zool.)
        (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
            dog.
  
     Wolf eel (Zool.), a wolf fish.
  
     Wolf fish (Zool.), any one of several species of large,
        voracious marine fishes of the genus Anarrhichas,
        especially the common species ({Anarrhichas lupus) of
        Europe and North America. These fishes have large teeth
        and powerful jaws. Called also catfish, sea cat, sea
        wolf, stone biter, and swinefish.
  
     Wolf net, a kind of net used in fishing, which takes great
        numbers of fish.
  
     Wolf's peach (Bot.), the tomato, or love apple
        ({Lycopersicum esculentum).
  
     Wolf spider (Zool.), any one of numerous species of running
        ground spiders belonging to the genus Lycosa, or family
        Lycosidae. These spiders run about rapidly in search of
        their prey. Most of them are plain brown or blackish in
        color. See Illust. in App.
  
     Zebra wolf (Zool.), a savage carnivorous marsupial
        ({Thylacinus cynocephalus) native of Tasmania; -- called
        also Tasmanian wolf.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Coyote \Coy"o*te\ (k?"?-t? or k?"?t), n. [Spanish Amer., fr.
     Mexican coyotl.] (Zool.)
     A carnivorous animal ({Canis latrans), allied to the dog,
     found in the western part of North America; -- called also
     prairie wolf. Its voice is a snapping bark, followed by a
     prolonged, shrill howl.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  prairie wolf
      n 1: small wolf native to western North America [syn: coyote,
           prairie wolf, brush wolf, Canis latrans]

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