Tasmanian wolf

thylacine. Also called Tasmanian tiger.
[1885-90]

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or Tasmanian tiger or thylacine

Extinct, slender, fox-faced marsupial (Thylacinus cynocephalus,family Thylacinidae), 40–50 in.

(100–130 cm) long. It was yellowish brown, with dark bars on the back and rump. It hunted at night for wallabies and birds. The female carried her young in a shallow pouch. Once found on the Australian mainland and New Guinea, it was confined to Tasmania in historical times, when competition with the dingo led to its disappearance from the mainland. Europeans in Tasmania hunted it to protect their sheep; the last known individual died in captivity in 1936.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • Tasmanian wolf — Tasmanian Tas*ma ni*an (t[a^]z*m[=a] n[i^]*an), a. Of or pertaining to Tasmania, or Van Diemen s Land. n. A native or inhabitant of Tasmania; specifically (Ethnol.), in the plural, the race of men that formerly inhabited Tasmania, but is now… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tasmanian wolf — or Tasmanian tiger n. a fierce, flesh eating, possibly extinct species (Thylacinus cynocephalus, family Thylacinidae) of Tasmanian marsupial with dark stripes on the back …   English World dictionary

  • Tasmanian wolf — sterblinis vilkas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Thylacinus cynocephalus angl. pouched wolf; Tasmanian pouched wolf; Tasmanian tiger; Tasmanian wolf vok. Beutelwolf rus. сумчатый волк; тасманийский… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • Tasmanian wolf — noun see Tasmanian tiger …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Tasmanian wolf — noun The thylacine Syn: Tasmanian tiger …   Wiktionary

  • Tasmanian wolf — (also Tasmanian tiger) noun another term for thylacine …   English new terms dictionary

  • Tasmanian wolf — /tæzˌmeɪniən ˈwʊlf/ (say taz.mayneeuhn woolf) noun (plural Tasmanian wolves) → thylacine …   Australian English dictionary

  • Tasmanian wolf — noun rare doglike carnivorous marsupial of Tasmania having stripes on its back; probably extinct • Syn: ↑thylacine, ↑Tasmanian tiger, ↑Thylacinus cynocephalus • Hypernyms: ↑dasyurid marsupial, ↑dasyurid • Member Holonyms …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tasmanian wolf — Tasma′nian wolf′ n. mam thylacine Also called Tasma′nian ti′ger …   From formal English to slang

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