tasmanian-devil

Tasmanian devil

noun
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:
1885–90

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Tasmanian devil
 
n
Also called: ursine dasyure a small ferocious carnivorous marsupial, Sarcophilus harrisi, of Tasmania, having black fur with pale markings, strong jaws, and short legs: family Dasyuridae

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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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