thylacine

noun
thy·​la·​cine | \ ˈthī-lə-ˌsīn How to pronounce thylacine (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web But there are major differences between wolf dispersal and a thylacine, Moskowitz cautions. Philip Kiefer, Popular Science, "Identifying animals in photos is trickier than you might think," 2 Mar. 2021 At the time he was filmed, Benjamin was the last thylacine alive in captivity. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "‘New’ Footage of Benjamin, the Last Tasmanian Tiger Ever Seen Alive," 1 June 2020 The last thylacine living in captivity, named Benjanmin, died from exposure in 1936 at the Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart, Tasmania. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Tasmanian tigers were small but not fierce predators. Then they went extinct," 18 Aug. 2020 Researchers used advances in 3D scanning and analysis to study 93 thylacine museum specimens from six countries. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Tasmanian tigers were small but not fierce predators. Then they went extinct," 18 Aug. 2020 Previously, the oldest thylacine footage was from 1933. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "‘New’ Footage of Benjamin, the Last Tasmanian Tiger Ever Seen Alive," 1 June 2020 The zoo posted ads offering to pay trappers for a new thylacine specimen to no avail. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "‘New’ Footage of Benjamin, the Last Tasmanian Tiger Ever Seen Alive," 1 June 2020 Tasmanian tigers, also known as thylacines, were found on the island of Tasmania off Australia's south coast until they were hunted to extinction. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Rare footage of the last living Tasmanian tiger unearthed, shared online," 19 May 2020 European colonists killed thousands of thylacines for attacking sheep. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "People are reporting sightings of the Tasmanian tiger, thought to be extinct," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of thylacine

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thylacine

New Latin Thylacinus, genus of marsupials, from Greek thylakos sack, pouch

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“Thylacine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thylacine. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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