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From Middle English sēwolf, from Old English *sǣwulf, equivalent to sea +‎ wolf.


seawolf (plural seawolves)

  1. A strong-jawed North Atlantic fish of wolffish family Anarhichadidae, Anarhichas lupus.
  2. Any of various dangerous people and animals that attack at sea.
    • 1998, David Drake, Lord of the Isles, Macmillan, →ISBN, page 37:
      The seawolf twisted onto itself, its jaws clopping together near its own tail.
    • 1992, Shirl Henke, Return to Paradise, Leisure Books (Mm), →ISBN, page 408:
      Benjamin stood, gasping for breath and looking down at the dead corsair. "You were a worthy foe, seawolf," he murmured regretfully.
    • 1978, Peter Pinney, Estelle Runcie, Too many spears, Angus & Robertson, →ISBN, page 60:
      Kebisu was regarded as a ferocious and cunning seawolf, who had raised his diminutive island to the state of marine fortress without so much as erecting a brush stockade; he had no fixed defences.



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