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noun (wallabies)
  1. Any of several species of marsupial; usually smaller and stockier than kangaroos
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noun (es, pl2=walrus)
  1. (countable) Large Arctic marine mammal (Odobenus rosmarus), related to seals and having long tusks, tough, wrinkled skin, and four flippers.
warthog Tweet Definition of warthog Like Definition of warthog on Facebook
  1. A species of wild pig native to Africa.
  2. A nickname for the w:A-10 Thunderbolt II, A-10 Thunderbolt II air support warplane
waterbuck Tweet Definition of waterbuck Like Definition of waterbuck on Facebook
noun (waterbuck)
  1. A species of antelope endemic to Africa.
water buffalo Tweet Definition of water buffalo Like Definition of water buffalo on Facebook
  1. A large ungulate, widely used as a domestic animal in Asia, South America. North Africa and Europe.
  2. (context, US, colloquial) A water tank mounted on a trailer to be towed by a motor vehicle.
water rat Tweet Definition of water rat Like Definition of water rat on Facebook
noun (pluralwater rats)
  1. any of various rodents from Florida and southern Georgia, especially Neofiber alleni; the muskrat
  2. (informal) the Eurasian water vole
  3. (slang) a petty thief or waterfront ruffian
  4. (slang) a person fond of water sports
  5. (Australia) a member of the Water Police.
weasel Tweet Definition of weasel Like Definition of weasel on Facebook
  1. The least weasel, (Mustela nivalis)
  2. Any of the carnivorous mammals of the genus Mustela, having a slender body, a long tail and usually a light brown upper coat and light-coloured belly.
  3. The taxonomic family Mustelidae is also called the family.
verbto weasel (present participleweaselling (UK), weaseling (US), past tense and past participleweaselled (UK), weaseled (US))
  1. To benefit by clever or devious means, esp. to escape a commitment (from the supposed cunningness of the weasel).
:To weasel out of doing something
To weasel something out of somebody
whistler Tweet Definition of whistler Like Definition of whistler on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Whistler)
  1. someone or something that whistles
  2. the whistling marmot
  3. the goldeneye
  1. (physics) an audio-frequency electromagnetic wave produced by atmospheric disturbances such as lightning
white elephant Tweet Definition of white elephant Like Definition of white elephant on Facebook
  1. An albino elephant.
  2. (idiom) An ornament etc that is unwanted or is a financial burden; an unprofitable investment.
wild boar Tweet Definition of wild boar Like Definition of wild boar on Facebook
  1. A pig, scientific name Sus scrofa.
wildcat Tweet Definition of wildcat Like Definition of wildcat on Facebook
  1. wild relative of the domestic house cat, member of the genus Felis
  2. one of several large undomesticated species of cat, such as the bobcat
  • Upon checking it out, we found a total of 13 newborn wildcats, nine newborn tigers and two newborn leopards. (CNN, 2003.04.24)
    1. (figuratively) a person who acts like a wildcat, often sexually
  1. 2002, The Young and the Restless (TV, September 26)
  2. :Anyone who's man enough to have landed a like you had to be quite a guy.
    1. (Firearms) a caliber of ammunition derived by amending another type of cartridge and not made by commercial manufacturers.
  1. relating to oil exploration in an area where no oil has been found before
  2. unauthorized by the proper authorities
  • Jewish settlers have also been active putting up five new outposts on hilltops in the West Bank to try to thwart their Prime Minister Ariel Sharon... (CNN, 2003.06.15)
wildebeest Tweet Definition of wildebeest Like Definition of wildebeest on Facebook
noun (pluralorwildebeests)
  1. Another term for the gnu.
wisent Tweet Definition of wisent Like Definition of wisent on Facebook
  1. The European bison, Bison bonasus.
wolves Tweet Definition of wolves Like Definition of wolves on Facebook
  1. (plural of, wolf)
wombat Tweet Definition of wombat Like Definition of wombat on Facebook
  1. Member of a family of herbivorous, burrowing marsupials, mainly found in southern and eastern Australia. Their Scientific Latin family name is Phascolomyidae, or Vombatidae, of the superorder Marsupialia.
(Wombats are similar to small bears, but the female carries her young in a pouch.)      
woodchuck Tweet Definition of woodchuck Like Definition of woodchuck on Facebook
  1. A rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots. Scientific name: Marmota monax.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? — popular tongue-twister.
wood mouse Tweet Definition of wood mouse Like Definition of wood mouse on Facebook
  1. a European rodent, Apodemus sylvaticus, that tends to live in hedgerows

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