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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 In the decades after the toads’ introduction, quoll populations in northern Australia have dipped precipitously. Smriti Rao, Discover Magazine, 14 Apr. 2010 Like the devil, the eastern quoll (left), Tasmanian pademelon (center) and Tasmanian bettong (right) have all gone extinct from mainland Australia. Julie Rehmeyer, Discover Magazine, 31 Mar. 2014 When the baby is old enough to leave the quoll pouch, raise it into adulthood. Frances Vinall, Washington Post, 26 May 2022 By 2003, the Australian government moved an insurance population of quolls to offshore islands free of cane toads. Ashley Braun, Longreads, 24 Oct. 2019 But the new quoll joeys indicate that despite its setbacks, the rewilding program has been a success. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 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, 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, 16 Jan. 2012 See More

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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

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“Quoll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quoll. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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