: any of a genus (Dasyurus) of small spotted carnivorous marsupials of Australia and New Guinea

Examples of quoll in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Barritt suspects the quolls were born in July and became independent in December. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 18 Apr. 2024 When scientists crossed toad-averse quolls with toad-naive quolls, the hybrid offspring also turned up their tiny pink noses at the toxic amphibians. Emily Anthes Chang W. Lee, New York Times, 14 Apr. 2024 Another study from 2018 measured the accumulation of manganese dust in the hair and organs of wild quolls living near an active mine. Sarah Lapidus, The Arizona Republic, 8 Mar. 2024 Implant the embryo into a female marsupial such as a quoll, and watch the quoll give birth to a thylacine baby. Frances Vinall, Washington Post, 26 May 2022 The northern quoll, a carnivorous marsupial, has stumped researchers because the males die after a single mating season. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 18 Feb. 2023 The quoll isn’t alone in kicking the bucket after one mating season — the phenomenon is a reproductive strategy called semelparity, present in animals such as salmon and praying mantis. Kate Golembiewski, CNN, 14 Feb. 2023 The quoll lives in parts of western and northern Australia and is known for its unusual mating habits. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 1 Feb. 2023 The cane toad has been linked to the decline and extinction of several of its predators, including the northern quoll — also known as the northern Australian native cat — which is now endangered in northern Australia, according to the group. Aina J. Khan, NBC News, 20 Jan. 2023

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'quoll.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


short for je-quoll, from Guugu Yimidhirr (Australian aboriginal language of northern Queensland) dhigul

First Known Use

1770, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quoll was in 1770

Dictionary Entries Near quoll

Cite this Entry

“Quoll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quoll. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on quoll

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!