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

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1867, in the meaning defined above

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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 6 Oct. 2022.

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