Thylacinus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Thylacinus Tasmanian wolf
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n thylacinus A genus of carnivorous marsupial mammals, containing the thylacine dasyure, T. cynocephalus, of the family Dasyuridæ and subfamily Dasyurinæ. The teeth are 46; the vertebræ are C. 7, D. 13, L. 6, S. 2, Cd. 23; there are no ossifled marsupial bones, nor is there any hallux; the general form is that of a dog or wolf. See thylacine (with cut).
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Usage

In literature:

Thylacinus cynocephalus Fischer 6:2.
"Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Grey
This order includes the pouched marten (Dasyurus) and the pouched wolf (Thylacinus) in Australia.
"The History of Creation, Vol. II (of 2)" by Ernst Haeckel
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In news:

The Tasmanian tiger's Latin designation, Thylacinus cynocephalus, or "dog-headed pouched-dog ," makes it redundantly clear that the marsupial's feline nickname is a misnomer.
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