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thylacine

[thahy-luh-sahyn, -sin] /ˈθaɪ ləˌsaɪn, -sɪn/
noun
1.
a wolflike marsupial, Thylacinus cynocephalus, of Tasmania, tan-colored with black stripes across the back: probably extinct.
Also called Tasmanian wolf.
Origin of thylacine
1830-1840
1830-40; < New Latin Thylacinus genus name, equivalent to thylac- (< Greek thȳ́lakos pouch) + -īnus -ine1
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  • The thylacine probably did not hunt exactly as other ambushers do, though.
  • The thylacine, with its twistable elbow, was more of an ambusher.
British Dictionary definitions for thylacine

thylacine

/ˈθaɪləˌsaɪn/
noun
1.
an extinct or very rare doglike carnivorous marsupial, Thylacinus cynocephalus, of Tasmania, having greyish-brown fur with dark vertical stripes on the back: family Dasyuridae Also called Tasmanian tiger, Tasmanian wolf
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin thӯlacīnus, from Greek thulakos pouch, sack
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