any of several large predatory canids (genus Canis) that are active mostly at night, live and hunt in packs, and resemble the related dogs. the fur of a wolf. a fierce, rapacious, or destructive person. a man forward, direct, and zealous in amatory attentions to women. dire poverty: STARVATION. the maggot of a warble fly. dissonance in some chords on organs, pianos, or other instruments with fixed tones tuned by unequal temperament. an instance of such dissonance. a harshness due to faulty vibration in various tones in a bowed instrument. to eat greedily: DEVOUR. Friedrich August 1759–1824 German philologist. Hugo Philipp Jakob 1860–1903 Austrian composer.