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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Wolf n.; pl. Wolves
 1. Zool. Any one of several species of carnivorous mammal belonging to the genus Canis (family Canidae) and closely allied to the common dog.  The best-known and most destructive species are the European wolf (Canis lupus), the American gray, or timber, wolf (Canis occidentalis), and the prairie wolf, more commonly called coyote.  Wolves often hunt in packs, and may thus attack large animals and, rarely, even man.
 2. Zool. One of the destructive, and usually hairy, larvae of several species of beetles and grain moths; as, the bee wolf.
 3. Fig.: Any very ravenous, rapacious, or destructive person or thing; especially, want; starvation; as, they toiled hard to keep the wolf from the door.
 4. A white worm, or maggot, which infests granaries.
 5. An eating ulcer or sore.  Cf. Lupus.  [Obs.]
    If God should send a cancer upon thy face, or a wolf into thy side.   --Jer. Taylor.
 6. Mus. (a) The harsh, howling sound of some of the chords on an organ or piano tuned by unequal temperament.  (b) In bowed instruments, a harshness due to defective vibration in certain notes of the scale.
 7. Textile Manuf. A willying machine.
 Black wolf. Zool. (a) A black variety of the European wolf which is common in the Pyrenees. (b) A black variety of the American gray wolf.
 Golden wolf Zool., the Thibetan wolf (Canis laniger); -- called also chanco.
 Indian wolf Zool., an Asiatic wolf (Canis pallipes) which somewhat resembles a jackal. Called also landgak.
 Prairie wolf Zool., the coyote.
 Sea wolf. Zool. See in the Vocabulary.
 Strand wolf Zool. the striped hyena.
 Tasmanian wolf Zool., the zebra wolf.
 Tiger wolf Zool., the spotted hyena.
 To keep the wolf from the door, to keep away poverty; to prevent starvation.  See Wolf, 3, above. --Tennyson.
 Wolf dog. Zool. (a) The mastiff, or shepherd dog, of the Pyrenees, supposed by some authors to be one of the ancestors of the St. Bernard dog. (b) The Irish greyhound, supposed to have been used formerly by the Danes for chasing wolves. (c) A dog bred between a dog and a wolf, as the Eskimo dog.
 Wolf eel Zool., a wolf fish.
 Wolf fish Zool., any one of several species of large, voracious marine fishes of the genus Anarrhichas, especially the common species (Anarrhichas lupus) of Europe and North America. These fishes have large teeth and powerful jaws. Called also catfish, sea cat, sea wolf, stone biter, and swinefish.
 Wolf net, a kind of net used in fishing, which takes great numbers of fish.
 Wolf's peach Bot., the tomato, or love apple (Lycopersicum esculentum).
 Wolf spider Zool., any one of numerous species of running ground spiders belonging to the genus Lycosa, or family Lycosidae. These spiders run about rapidly in search of their prey. Most of them are plain brown or blackish in color.  See Illust. in App.
 Zebra wolf Zool., a savage carnivorous marsupial (Thylacinus cynocephalus) native of Tasmania; -- called also Tasmanian wolf.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ap·ple n.
 1. The fleshy pome or fruit of a rosaceous tree (Pyrus malus) cultivated in numberless varieties in the temperate zones.
 Note:The European crab apple is supposed to be the original kind, from which all others have sprung.
 2. bot. Any tree genus Pyrus which has the stalk sunken into the base of the fruit; an apple tree.
 3. Any fruit or other vegetable production resembling, or supposed to resemble, the apple; as, apple of love, or love apple (a tomato), balsam apple, egg apple, oak apple.
 4. Anything round like an apple; as, an apple of gold.
 Note: Apple is used either adjectively or in combination; as, apple paper or apple-paper, apple-shaped, apple blossom, apple dumpling, apple pudding.
 Apple blight, an aphid which injures apple trees. See Blight, n.
 Apple borer Zool., a coleopterous insect (Saperda candida or Saperda bivittata), the larva of which bores into the trunk of the apple tree and pear tree.
 Apple brandy, brandy made from apples.
 Apple butter, a sauce made of apples stewed down in cider. --Bartlett.
 Apple corer, an instrument for removing the cores from apples.
 Apple fly Zool., any dipterous insect, the larva of which burrows in apples. Apple flies belong to the genera Drosophila and Trypeta.
 Apple midge Zool. a small dipterous insect (Sciara mali), the larva of which bores in apples.
 Apple of the eye, the pupil.
 Apple of discord, a subject of contention and envy, so called from the mythological golden apple, inscribed “For the fairest,” which was thrown into an assembly of the gods by Eris, the goddess of discord. It was contended for by Juno, Minerva, and Venus, and was adjudged to the latter.
 Apple of love, or Love apple, the tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum).
 Apple of Peru, a large coarse herb (Nicandra physaloides) bearing pale blue flowers, and a bladderlike fruit inclosing a dry berry.
 Apples of Sodom, a fruit described by ancient writers as externally of fair appearance but dissolving into smoke and ashes when plucked; Dead Sea apples. The name is often given to the fruit of Solanum Sodomæum, a prickly shrub with fruit not unlike a small yellow tomato.
 Apple sauce, stewed apples. [U. S.]
 Apple snail or Apple shell Zool., a fresh-water, operculated, spiral shell of the genus Ampullaria.
 Apple tart, a tart containing apples.
 Apple tree, a tree which naturally bears apples. See Apple, 2.
 Apple wine, cider.
 Apple worm Zool., the larva of a small moth (Carpocapsa pomonella) which burrows in the interior of apples. See Codling moth.
 Dead Sea Apple. (a) pl. Apples of Sodom.  Also Fig.  “To seek the Dead Sea apples of politics.” --S. B. Griffin. (b) A kind of gallnut coming from Arabia. See Gallnut.