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[thahy-luh-sahyn, -sin]
  1. a wolflike marsupial, Thylacinus cynocephalus, of Tasmania, tan-colored with black stripes across the back: probably extinct.
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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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  1. 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
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Word Origin for thylacine

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