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

Examples of thylacine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, State Library of Tasmania An 1869 trophy photograph of a hunted Tasmanian tiger (thylacine). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 29 Nov. 2023 One of their closest relatives is the now-extinct thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian Tiger. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 25 Mar. 2024 Curated by Our Editors The thylacine has acquired a Bigfoot-like status, complete with amateur hunters and highly questionable sightings. Daniel Shailer, Scientific American, 17 Jan. 2024 The thylacine was winnowed down to freedom only on the island of Tasmania, and a captive thylacine ended the species’ run after dying at the Hobart Zoo in 1936. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 22 Aug. 2022 In 1830, a farming corporation placed the first bounties on thylacines, with the government instituting its own bounty in 1888. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 29 Nov. 2023 University of Cambridge Jack Ashby with the University Museum of Zoology thylacine skins, sent from Allport in 1869 and 1871. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 29 Nov. 2023 Vague accounts from tourists or hikers who were not very familiar with thylacines often earned lower credibility ratings. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Apr. 2023 The team won’t be able to exactly recreate the thylacine but instead will end up creating a hybrid animal, an altered form of thylacine. Katie Hunt, CNN, 16 Aug. 2022

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thylacine was in 1838

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“Thylacine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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