Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various carnivorous marsupials of the family Dasyuridae of Australia and New Guinea, including marsupial mice and rats, the quolls, and the Tasmanian devil.

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  • noun Any carnivorous marsupial of the family Dasyuridae

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  • noun small carnivorous nocturnal marsupials of Australia and Tasmania

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From New Latin Dasyūridae, family name, from Dasyūrus, type genus : Greek dasus, hairy + ourā, tail; see ors- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • Many other species, such as dasyurid mammals, also undergo dramatic population increases during better seasons, followed by population crashes in drier times when they possibly retreat to refuge areas.

    Simpson desert

  • Many species, such as dasyurid carnivores, bats, owls, and cockatoos are particularly dependent on large areas of old growth eucalypt forest.

    Southeast Australia temperate forests

  • Around 1910, a distemper-like disease reportedly struck among several smaller predators, the eastern quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus, also known as the native cat) and the spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus), two species within the dasyurid family of marsupials.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • Around 1910, a distemper-like disease reportedly struck among several smaller predators, the eastern quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus, also known as the native cat) and the spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus), two species within the dasyurid family of marsupials.

    The Song of The Dodo

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