Definition of Tasmanian tiger in US English:

Tasmanian tiger

(also Tasmanian wolf)

noun

  • another term for thylacine
    • ‘The last known captive thyacline, also known as the Tasmanian tiger, died in 1936 at the Hobart Zoo in Tasmania, Australia.’
    • ‘Genetic technology may revive extinct Tasmanian tigers… so the Greens are against it, of course.’
    • ‘The Tasmanian tiger, a dog-like creature christened for its striped pelt, was hunted into extinction because it was seen as a threat to livestock.’
    • ‘The Tasmanian wolf chased and killed kangaroos and wallabies.’
    • ‘Also known as the Tasmanian tiger, the Thylacinus cynocephalus was a wolflike marsupial with prominent stripes on its back.’

Pronunciation

Tasmanian tiger

/tazˌmānyən ˈwo͝olf/