They are ferocious beasts, killers, they devour anything in their path.
Experts on arguably the nation's most ferocious beast, say the cold February and March mean midges will appear about a month later than normal.
It is perhaps worth noting that it took a ferocious war (the civil war) to create an American sense of nationhood too.
Those more ferocious animals were kept away while those less dangerous and more pleasing were allowed out.
Indeed rival scientific factions often engage in propaganda battles as ferocious as anything to be found in politics, or even in religious conflict.
It is a military metaphor for what promises to be a ferocious argument ahead.
It was beautiful, it was terrible, it was ferocious , it was the stuff of desperation.
This created an expectation that the war would be long, ferocious and severe.
The ferocious war raged on for many hours, costing both factions massive casualties never before recorded in their whole history.
One of the most ferocious divides today is that between evangelical and secular America.