Essay on Naming And Etymology Of The English ' Wolf '

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Naming and 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 wulfas 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

Range and habitat
Main article: List of grey wolf populations by country
See also: History of wolves in Yellowstone, Wolves in Great Britain and Wolves in Ireland
The gray wolf was once one of the world 's most widely distributed mammals, living throughout the northern hemisphere north of 15°N latitude in North America and 12°N in India. However, deliberate human persecution has reduced the species ' range to about one third, because of livestock predation and fear over attacks on humans. The species is now extinct in…

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