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.
Also called ursine dasyure. any of several related animals, as the Tasmanian devil.

1830–40; < Neo-Latin Dasyurus name of the genus < Greek dasy- dasy- + -ouros -tailed, adj. derivative of ourá tail

dasyurine [das-i-yoor-ahyn, -in] , adjective
dasyuroid, adjective, noun
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dasyure (ˈdæsɪˌjʊə)
See also Tasmanian devil any small carnivorous marsupial, such as Dasyurus quoll (eastern dasyure), of the subfamily Dasyurinae, of Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands
[C19: from New Latin Dasyūrus, from Greek dasus shaggy + oura tail; see dense]

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