From Middle English sēwolf, from Old English *sǣwulf, equivalent to sea + wolf.
seawolf (plural seawolves)
- A strong-jawed North Atlantic fish of wolffish family Anarhichadidae, Anarhichas lupus.
- Any of various dangerous people and animals that attack at sea.
1998, David Drake, Lord of the Isles, Macmillan, ISBN 0812522400, 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 0843932635, 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 0207135878, 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.