[thahy-luh-sahyn, -sin]


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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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

Word Origin for thylacine

C19: from New Latin thӯlacīnus, from Greek thulakos pouch, sack
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