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The word is an abbreviated form of
loup de guerre - also attested in Anglo-Norman (see sub guerre).
used as a name for one of the largest medieval trebuchets ever built, and
is also attested in Latin (lupus belli in the Flores Historiarum
or lupus guerrae
in contemporary account rolls, cf. DMLBS lupus 2 1662b), and English (war-wolf in seventeenth-century chronicles, cf. OED sub
war wolf n.).