Tasmanian devil

noun

Tas·​ma·​nian devil (ˌ)taz-ˈmā-nē-ən- How to pronounce Tasmanian devil (audio)
-nyən-
: 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

Examples of Tasmanian devil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The egg-laying mammals also have to contend with predators, which can include hawks, eagles, Tasmanian devils, snakes and dingoes. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Feb. 2024 While Australia does have an impressive array of particularly charismatic examples — Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, koalas, wombats, wallabies and bandicoots, to name a few — these comprise roughly 70 percent of the world’s population, with the other 30 percent hailing from the Americas. Natasha Frost, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Tasmanian devil was circa 1867

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“Tasmanian devil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tasmanian%20devil. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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Tasmanian devil

noun
Tas·​ma·​ni·​an devil
(ˌ)taz-ˌmā-nē-ən-
: a burrowing marsupial of Tasmania that eats other animals, is about the size of a small dog, and has powerful jaws and a mostly black coat

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