Definition of quoll in English:

quoll

noun

  • A catlike carnivorous marsupial with short legs and a white-spotted coat, native to the forests of Australia and New Guinea.

    • ‘The threatened animals include birds such as the ground parrot and eastern quoll and marsupials such as the Eastern barred bandicoot and Tasmanian devil.’
    • ‘There are even plans to bring back quolls, catlike native predators.’
    • ‘For example, the Desert Park has some western quolls which were prolific in the Centre until about a hundred years ago.’
    • ‘We'd probably lose five to seven species, including the quolls, even the Tasmanian Devil.’
    • ‘He says species threatened in the forest include the extremely rare Wielangta stag beetle, the swift parrot, Tasmania's wedge-tail eagle and the tiger quoll.’
    • ‘There are a variety of possums, early kangaroos, koalas, wombats and quolls, as well as marsupial groups that are now completely extinct.’
    • ‘Many small carnivorous marsupials live there, and some of them - six species of quolls and one phascogale - grow to about the size of civets and mongooses [see photographs on opposite page].’
    • ‘Oh well, we get the wallabies, devils and quolls, wombats, and then you get the wedge-tailed eagles and goshawks, and lots of owls and bats.’
    • ‘Where once the quolls population was secure, between feral cats and wild dogs and now the toads, they're disappearing at an alarming rate.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, a PhD student is setting traps to collect hair samples from the park's population of spotted-tailed quolls.’
    • ‘If you don't know what Tasmanian devils, numbats and quolls are, this is your chance to find you.’
    • ‘Alternatively, you might linger at the lodge, where the after-dinner floorshow is unique: on the porch a procession of quolls, possums and Tasmanian Devils arrive, politely waiting for you to hand-feed them.’
    • ‘Adding insult to ecosystem injury, the poisonous toad instantly kills any predator that attempts to eat it, particularly the quoll, Australia's marsupial cat, and giant native lizards.’
    • ‘East Point has nesting turtles, quolls, echidnas, goannas and other animals, and rich marine life.’
    • ‘It's well known quolls and goannas will suffer when cane toads arrive in droves across the Top End, but, the impact on snakes is not as well documented.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from Guugu Yimidhirr (an Aboriginal language) dhigul.

Pronunciation

quoll

/kwɒl/