- a wolflike marsupial, Thylacinus cynocephalus, of Tasmania, tan-colored with black stripes across the back: probably extinct.
Origin of thylacine
1830–40; < New Latin Thylacinus genus name, equivalent to thylac- (< Greek thȳ́lakos pouch) + -īnus -ine1
Also called Tasmanian wolf.
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Examples from the Web for thylacine
It is of about the size of a Badger, and is, like the Thylacine, a nocturnal animal.
Among living mammals the Seals and the Thylacine all show some triconodont teeth.
But it is stated that the Thylacine is quite capable of keeping even a pack of dogs at bay.
In life the tail probably passed almost imperceptibly into the body, as in the Tasmanian thylacine.
The extermination of the thylacine would be a zoological calamity; but it is impending.Our Vanishing Wild Life
William T. Hornaday
- an extinct or very rare doglike carnivorous marsupial, Thylacinus cynocephalus, of Tasmania, having greyish-brown fur with dark vertical stripes on the back: family DasyuridaeAlso called: Tasmanian tiger, Tasmanian wolf
C19: from New Latin thӯlacīnus, from Greek thulakos pouch, sack
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