[das-ee-yoo r]
  1. 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.
  2. 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
Related formsdas·y·u·rine [das-i-yoo r-ahyn, -in] /ˌdæs ɪˈyʊər aɪn, -ɪn/, adjectivedas·y·u·roid, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dasyure


  1. any small carnivorous marsupial, such as Dasyurus quoll (eastern dasyure), of the subfamily Dasyurinae, of Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islandsSee also Tasmanian devil

Word Origin for dasyure

C19: from New Latin Dasyūrus, from Greek dasus shaggy + oura tail; see dense
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