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dasyure

[das-ee-yoo r] /ˈdæs iˌyʊər/
noun
1.
any of several nocturnal, carnivorous marsupials of the genus Dasyurus and related genera, of Australia, Tasmania, and nearby islands, typically having a reddish or olive-brown coat marked with white spots.
2.
Also called ursine dasyure. any of several related animals, as the Tasmanian devil.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; < Neo-Latin Dasyurus name of the genus < Greek dasy- dasy- + -ouros -tailed, adj. derivative of ourá tail
Related forms
dasyurine
[das-i-yoo r-ahyn, -in] /ˌdæs ɪˈyʊər aɪn, -ɪn/ (Show IPA),
adjective
dasyuroid, adjective, noun
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dasyure

/ˈdæsɪˌjʊə/
noun
1.
any small carnivorous marsupial, such as Dasyurus quoll (eastern dasyure), of the subfamily Dasyurinae, of Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands See also Tasmanian devil
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Dasyūrus, from Greek dasus shaggy + oura tail; see dense
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