Analysis Of The English ' Wolf ' Essay

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Etymology
The English 'wolf ' stems from the Old English wulf, which is itself thought to be derived from the Proto-Germanic *wulfaz, from the Proto-Indo-European root *wlqwos/*lukwos.[25] Old English literature contains several instances of Anglo-Saxon kings and warriors taking on wulf as a prefix or suffix in their names. Examples include Wulfhere, Cynewulf, Ceonwulf, Wulfheard, Earnwulf, Wulfmǣr, Wulfstān and Æthelwulf. Wolf-related names were also common among pre-Christian Germanic warriors: Wolfhroc (Wolf-Frock), Wolfhetan (Wolf Hide), Isangrim (Grey Mask), Scrutolf (Garb Wolf), Wolfgang (Wolf Gait) and Wolfdregil (Wolf Runner).[26]

The Latin lupus is a Sabine loanword[23] which is related to English 'wolf ' [27]

Evolution and taxonomy
"Wolf-like" canids

Side-striped jackal

Black-backed jackal

Golden jackal

Dog

Gray wolf

Coyote

Ethiopian wolf

Dhole

African wild dog

Origins
Ancestry
Feliforms and caniforms emerged within the super-family Carnivoramorpha 43 million YBP.[28] The caniforms included the fox-like Leptocyon genus whose various species existed from 34 million YBP before branching 11.9 million YBP into vulpes (foxes) and canini (canines). The Eucyon genus diverged 6.2 million YBP towards Canis ferox, which diverged 5 million YBP towards Canis lepophagus, which diverged 3.5 million YBP towards the wolf-like canids.[29]:174–5 If the geological attribution of the material is correct then the earliest identifiable C. lupus…

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