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Etymology 1[edit]

wolf +‎ -kin


wolfkin (plural wolfkins)

  1. A young or small wolf.
    • Alfred Tennyson
      Kite and kestrel, wolf and wolfkin, from the wilderness, wallow in it.

Etymology 2[edit]

wolf +‎ kin


wolfkin (plural wolfkin)

  1. (fantasy) Any of various nonhuman and non-wolf fantasy creatures that have features of a wolf.
    • 2009, Maia Strong, The Ballad of Jimothy Redwing:
      Arun is in training to be a priest of the Fire God when he is abruptly plucked from his peaceful studies, bespelled and staked out as bait to capture a monster—a wolfkin. But the wolfkin isn't quite what Arun expected.
    • 2010, Kate Atkinson, Not The End Of The World, ISBN 1409094499, page 31:
      There was a rumour that the rare wolfkin had been sighted in the botanical gardens in the west of the city.
    • 2014, Heather Gunn, Aspect Core Rulebook FC 2015 SC, ISBN 131228952X, page 41:
      Wolfkin are humanoid wolves. They have long wolf faces and thick fur. They walk on the tips of their long feet and have thick ragged wolf tails.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for wolfkin in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)