Definitions

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

  • noun Any of various carnivorous marsupials of the genus Dasyurus of Australia and New Guinea, having a pointed snout, long tail, and spotted coat.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An Australian marsupial mammal, Dasyurus macrurus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Guugu Yimidhirr (Pama-Nyungan language of northeast Australia) dhigul, the quoll species Dasyurus hallucatus.]

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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.)

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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

  • Ahahahaha do you think any predators ever catch clever and sprightly bilbies ahahahaha of course they do :-(

    March 11, 2015

  • Endangered.

    SO YOU'D BETTER BE NICE TO ME.

    March 11, 2015