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native cat

any of several catlike dasyures of the genus Dasyurus, of Australia and Tasmania: most populations are now rare.
Origin of native cat
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • We saw that the Australian moon-myth of Mityan was of a native cat.

    Moon Lore Timothy Harley
  • They also saw strange birds, as well as the wild or native cat, which has been such a pest ever since in most parts of Australia.

  • But at the first mention of the native cat nearly every bird, and all the small game, prepared to get away.

    Dot and the Kangaroo Ethel C. Pedley
British Dictionary definitions for native cat

native cat

(Austral) any of various Australian catlike carnivorous marsupials of the genus Dasyurus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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