from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A large stout dog of no particular variety, kept to guard sheep, cattle, etc., and destroy wolves.
  • noun A dogbred, or supposed to be bred, between a dog and a wolf.


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  • That night I was along on shore, with one wolf-dog, and I was the only one left alive. '

    The Night-Born

  • In ways subtler than they knew, they betrayed their intentions to the wolf-dog that haunted the cabin-stoop, and that, though he never came inside the cabin, knew what went on inside their brains.

    The Long Trail

  • At last the howl of a wolf-dog cracked the silence from the direction of Forty-Mile.

    The Men of Forty Mile

  • She could comprehend certain primal and analogous characteristics in a hungry wolf-dog or a starving man, and predicate lines of action to be pursued by either under like conditions.

    Jack London Play:The Scorn of Women

  • β€œAt the man's heels trotted a dog, a big native husky, the proper wolf-dog, ...”

    To Build a Fire

  • Here he shot a moose, and once again each wolf-dog carried a full fifty-pound pack of meat.


  • And the wolf-dog, with ears flattened down and crouching, would slide silkily away, only to circle up to the foal from the other side and give cause to the mare for new alarm.

    Chapter XXVII

  • At the man's heels trotted a dog, a big native husky, the proper wolf-dog, gray-coated and without any visible or temperamental difference from its brother, the wild wolf.

    To Build a Fire

  • And as the old hunting instincts had aroused that day in the wolf-dog, so in him recrudesced all the old hot desire of gold-hunting.

    Chapter XXVII

  • Li Wan had struggled with the wolf-dog for mastery from the time she toddled among the skin-bales of the teepee, and she knew a crisis was at hand.



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