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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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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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Tasmanian devil

n.

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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