Dasy·​u·​rus | \ ˌdasēˈyu̇rəs \

Definition of Dasyurus

: a genus of carnivorous more or less arboreal marsupials of Australia and Tasmania that includes several moderate-sized active animals that have white-spotted dark coats and somewhat resemble weasels or martens — see native cat

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New Latin, from dasy- + -urus

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“Dasyurus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dasyurus. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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