Definitions

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  • n. Any of the various carnivorous marsupials of the genus Dasyurus found in Australia and New Guinea, roughly the size of a cat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A marsupial of Australia (Dasyurus macrurus), about the size of a cat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An Australian marsupial mammal, Dasyurus macrurus.

Etymologies

From Guugu Yimidhirr dhigul. Recorded by Banks (quote below) but then virtually forgotten for 150 years, with the term native cat used instead. Today readopted and gaining in popularity. (Reference: R. M. W. Dixon, Australian Aboriginal Words, Oxford University Press, 1990, ISBN 0-19-553099-3, page 79-80 and 221-2.) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A cat-sized marsupial called a quoll has a habit of feasting on toxic cane toads.

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  • Species likely to be deemed most at risk include the endangered northern quoll, which is now extinct in some areas after the arrival of cane toads.

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  • I just learned that there is an animal native to Australia called the "quoll".

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  • In the cartoon, the guys travel the world for encounters with creatures that are familiar (crocodiles, worms, a platypus and pigeons) and some not so familiar (a conehead katydid, a tiger quoll and the recently discovered colossal squid).

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  • Thought extinct on mainland Australia since 1963, a couple of eastern quoll have been found DOR near Melbourne.

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  • The mammals include a number of well-known animals such as the eastern grey kangaroo Macropus giganteus, the red-necked wallaby M. rufogriseus, wallaroo M. robustus, koala Phasocarctos cinereus and wombat Vombatus ursinus, the greater glider Petaurus volans, the squirrel glider P. norfolcensis, mountain brushtailed possum Trichosurus caninus; also the rarer spotted-tailed quoll Dasyurus maculatus (VU), long-nosed potoroo Potorous tridactylus (VU), yellow-bellied glider Petaurus australis and brush-tailed rock wallaby Petrogale penicillata (VU).

    Greater Blue Mountains Area, Australia

  • Several mammal species, including bilby (Macrotis lagotis VU), northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus) and golden bandicoot (Isoodon auratus VU), have declined or disappeared altogether from this ecoregion.

    Victoria Plains tropical savanna

  • Three of these species, the Papuan planigale (Planigale novaeguineae), the bronze quoll (Dasyurus spartacus), and the dusky pademelon (Thylogale brunii) are considered vulnerable.

    Trans Fly savanna and grasslands

  • Both the spotted-tail (Dasyurus maculatus) and eastern quoll (D. viverrinus) are found here, as are larger herbivores, the red-necked wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) and the eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus).

    Tasmanian temperate forests

  • Eastern quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus), Tasmania, Australia.

    Tasmanian temperate forests

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  • The ‘native cat’ (Dasyurus macrurus) of Australia.

    Edit: see Prolagus's linked article on spine-decalcifying for a usage (it's all the way at the end of the article).

    February 16, 2007