Tasmanian devil

Tasmanian devil so called since at least 1829, from its propensity for killing young lambs (other voracious fish or animals also have been named devil).

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  • Tasmanian devil — Tasmanian Tas*ma ni*an (t[a^]z*m[=a] n[i^]*an), a. Of or pertaining to Tasmania, or Van Diemen s Land. n. A native or inhabitant of Tasmania; specifically (Ethnol.), in the plural, the race of men that formerly inhabited Tasmania, but is now… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tasmanian devil — Devil Dev il, n. [AS. de[ o]fol, de[ o]ful; akin to G. ?eufel, Goth. diaba[ u]lus; all fr. L. diabolus the devil, Gr. ? the devil, the slanderer, fr. ? to slander, calumniate, orig., to throw across; ? across + ? to throw, let fall, fall; cf. Skr …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tasmanian devil — n. a stout, extremely voracious, flesh eating species (Sarcophilus harrisi, family Dasyuridae) of Tasmanian marsupial, having black fur with white patches and a large head …   English World dictionary

  • Tasmanian devil — ► NOUN ▪ a heavily built aggressive marsupial with a large head, powerful jaws, and mainly black fur, found only in Tasmania …   English terms dictionary

  • Tasmanian Devil — Taxobox name = Tasmanian DevilMSW3 Groves|pages=28] status = EN status system = iucn3.1 status ref = Department of Environment and Heritage. [http://www.deh.gov.au/cgi bin/sprat/public/publicthreatenedlist.pl?wanted=fauna#frogs%20that%20are%20Exti… …   Wikipedia

  • Tasmanian devil — a small, predacious marsupial, Sarcophilus harrisii, of Tasmania, having a black coat with white patches: its dwindling population is now confined to isolated areas. [1885 90] * * * Marsupial species (Sarcophilus harrisii or S. ursinus, family… …   Universalium

  • Tasmanian Devil — noun A fictional anthropomorphic Tasmanian devil who is a character of by . Syn: Tasmanian devil, Taz …   Wiktionary

  • Tasmanian devil — /tæzˌmeɪniən ˈdɛvəl/ (say taz.mayneeuhn devuhl) noun a carnivorous marsupial of the family Dasyuridae, Sarcophilus harrisii, of Tasmania having a black coat with white markings; ursine dasyure. The Tasmanian devil disappeared from the Australian… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Tasmanian devil — sterblinis velnias statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Sarcophilus harrisi angl. Tasmanian devil; ursine sarcophilus vok. Beutelteufel rus. сумчатый дьявол; сумчатый чёрт; тасманийский дьявол pranc.… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • Tasmanian devil — noun Date: circa 1867 a heavily built carnivorous nocturnal Tasmanian marsupial (Sarcophilus harrisii) that is about the size of a badger and has powerful jaws and teeth and a chiefly black coat marked with white on the chest …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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