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Tasmanian devil

noun
1.
a small, predacious marsupial, Sarcophilus harrisii, of Tasmania, having a black coat with white patches: its dwindling population is now confined to isolated areas.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90
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British Dictionary definitions for Tasmanian devil

Tasmanian devil

noun
1.
a small ferocious carnivorous marsupial, Sarcophilus harrisi, of Tasmania, having black fur with pale markings, strong jaws, and short legs: family Dasyuridae Also called ursine dasyure
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Word Origin and History for Tasmanian devil
Tasmanian devil
so called since at least 1829, from its propensity for killing young lambs (other voracious fish or animals also have been named devil).
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