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Definition of quoll

: 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 By 2003, the Australian government moved an insurance population of quolls to offshore islands free of cane toads. Ashley Braun, Longreads, "Research and Rescue: Saving Species from Ourselves," 24 Oct. 2019 But the new quoll joeys indicate that despite its setbacks, the rewilding program has been a success. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Endangered Eastern Quolls Are Born on Mainland Australia for the First Time in 50 Years," 10 July 2018 After the arrival of Europeans, new predators like cats began to make a dent in the quoll population. Matt Warren, Science | AAAS, "This endangered Australian marsupial was set to make a comeback—until it stopped fearing wild dogs," 5 June 2018 One of Tasmania’s most prominent tiger-hunting groups, the Thylacine Research Unit, or T.R.U., looked at the images and pronounced the animal a quoll, a marsupial carnivore that looks vaguely like a weasel. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "The Obsessive Search for the Tasmanian Tiger," 16 Jan. 2012 It's estimated that larger enclosures will allow for 40 additional quoll births each year. National Geographic, "Cat-Size Marsupials Reintroduced to Australia's Mainland for First Time," 15 Mar. 2018 For thousands of years eastern quolls played a part in the ecosystem as primarily insect-eaters. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Super-cute Eastern Quoll Returns to Mainland Australia," 16 Mar. 2018 If two other species are any indication, however, the quolls should do fine. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Super-cute Eastern Quoll Returns to Mainland Australia," 16 Mar. 2018 After those have been erected, locally extinct mammals like the greater bilby, burrowing bettong, Western quoll, and Western barred bandicoot, will be reintroduced. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "'Extinct' Marsupial Rediscovered in Parts of Australia," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of quoll

1770, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quoll

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

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“Quoll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quoll. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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