Share this entry

Share this page

thylacine

Line breaks: thy¦la|cine
Pronunciation: /ˈθʌɪləsiːn
 
, -sʌɪn, -sɪn/

Definition of thylacine in English:

noun

A doglike carnivorous marsupial with stripes across the rump, found only in Tasmania. There have been no confirmed sightings since one was captured in 1933, and it is probably now extinct. Also called Tasmanian wolf.
  • Thylacinus cynocephalus, family Thylacinidae
Example sentences
  • The ‘Queensland tiger’ sounds very similar to the thylacine (marsupial wolf) that went extinct in Australia.
  • There are no records of either thylacines or dingoes (Canis lupus dingo) having ever lived on the island.
  • Dingoes were originally pack animals and Australia's largest carnivores, and are believed to have caused the extinction of the thylacine and Tasmanian devil on the mainland.

Origin

mid 19th century: from modern Latin Thylacinus (genus name), from Greek thulakos 'pouch'.

Definition of thylacine in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day ingratiate
Pronunciation: ɪnˈɡreɪʃɪeɪt
verb
bring oneself into favour with someone through flattery…