thylacine

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n thylacine rare doglike carnivorous marsupial of Tasmania having stripes on its back; probably extinct
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Thylacine (Zoöl) The zebra wolf. See under Wolf.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n thylacine The native wild “dog,” “wolf,” “tiger,” or “hyena” of Tasmania, Thylacinus cynocephalus, the largest living carnivorous marsupial. It is of a grayish-brown color, banded transversely with black on the back and hips, whence it is also called zebra-wolf. The same, or a closely related animal, formerly inhabited also Australia, but is now extinct. Also used attributively.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Thylacine thī′la-sēn the largest of the extant predaceous marsupials, represented by one species, now restricted to Tasmania.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. a sack

Usage

In literature:

The extermination of the thylacine would be a zoological calamity; but it is impending.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
The male Thylacine has a pouch which is quite or very nearly as well formed as in the female.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
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In news:

The thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger , was the top dog of the marsupial food chain until Asian dingoes, introduced 4,000 years ago, forced the animal off Australia and onto Tasmania.
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