thylacine

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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 Experts remain cautious, however, especially given that no high-quality photographs or videos exist of the thylacines. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Long-extinct Tasmanian tigers spotted at least eight times, officials say," 18 Oct. 2019 These reports reflect just how large the thylacine still looms in the collective imagination. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "People are reporting sightings of the Tasmanian tiger, thought to be extinct," 16 Oct. 2019 In his eyes, the ongoing mystery of the thylacine isn’t really about the animal at all. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "The Obsessive Search for the Tasmanian Tiger," 16 Jan. 2012 About 750 thylacine specimens are held in museums, and most are pelts or bones with little viable DNA. National Geographic, "Tasmanian Tiger Genome May Be First Step Toward De-Extinction," 11 Dec. 2017 The Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, was a wolf-size carnivorous marsupial once common across Australia. National Geographic, "Tasmanian Tiger Genome May Be First Step Toward De-Extinction," 11 Dec. 2017 The tiger, or thylacine, was the world’s largest marsupial carnivore. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "Devil’s in the DNA: The Tasmanian Tiger’s Demise Is a Tale of Bad Genes," 11 Dec. 2017

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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 29 May. 2020.

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