- 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.
Origin of dasyure
1830–40; < New Latin Dasyurus name of the genus < Greek dasy- dasy- + -ouros -tailed, adj. derivative of ourá tail
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- any small carnivorous marsupial, such as Dasyurus quoll (eastern dasyure), of the subfamily Dasyurinae, of Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islandsSee also Tasmanian devil
C19: from New Latin Dasyūrus, from Greek dasus shaggy + oura tail; see dense
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