One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for quoll
- ‘In Australia the dasyures, small weasellike marsupials, are called ‘native cats’’
- ‘Dasyures have often been compared to cats. They are about the same size, nocturnal, look slightly similar, and prey on many of the same creatures’
- ‘As I'm sure you know, marsupials and higher mammals have parallel evolutionary branches that mirror each other: cats and dasyures, hyenas and Tasmanian devils, wolves and Tasmanian wolves.’
Mid 19th century: from French, from modern Latin dasyurus, from Greek dasus ‘rough, hairy’ + oura ‘tail’.
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