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 for Tasmanian wolf
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tasmanian \Tas*ma"ni*an\ (t[a^]z*m[=a]"n[i^]*an), a.
     Of or pertaining to Tasmania, or Van Diemen's Land. -- n. A
     native or inhabitant of Tasmania; specifically (Ethnol.), in
     the plural, the race of men that formerly inhabited Tasmania,
     but is now extinct.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Tasmanian cider tree. (Bot.) See the Note under
        Eucalyptus.
  
     Tasmanian devil. (Zool.) See under Devil.
  
     Tasmanian wolf (Zool.), a savage carnivorous marsupial; --
        called also zebra wolf. See Zebra wolf, under Wolf.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wolf \Wolf\, n.; pl. Wolves. [OE. wolf, wulf, AS. wulf; akin
     to OS. wulf, D. & G. wolf, Icel. [=u]lfr, Sw. ulf, Dan. ulv,
     Goth. wulfs, Lith. vilkas, Russ. volk', L. lupus, Gr. ly`kos,
     Skr. v[.r]ka; also to Gr. "e`lkein to draw, drag, tear in
     pieces. [root]286. Cf. Lupine, a., Lyceum.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. (Zool.) Any one of several species of wild and savage
        carnivores belonging to the genus Canis and closely
        allied to the common dog. The best-known and most
        destructive species are the European wolf ({Canis lupus),
        the American gray, or timber, wolf ({Canis occidentalis),
        and the prairie wolf, or coyote. Wolves often hunt in
        packs, and may thus attack large animals and even man.
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     2. (Zool.) One of the destructive, and usually hairy, larvae
        of several species of beetles and grain moths; as, the bee
        wolf.
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     3. Fig.: Any very ravenous, rapacious, or destructive person
        or thing; especially, want; starvation; as, they toiled
        hard to keep the wolf from the door.
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     4. A white worm, or maggot, which infests granaries.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     5. An eating ulcer or sore. Cf. Lupus. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]
  
              If God should send a cancer upon thy face, or a wolf
              into thy side.                        --Jer. Taylor.
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     6. (Mus.)
        (a) The harsh, howling sound of some of the chords on an
            organ or piano tuned by unequal temperament.
        (b) In bowed instruments, a harshness due to defective
            vibration in certain notes of the scale.
            [1913 Webster]
  
     7. (Textile Manuf.) A willying machine. --Knight.
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     Black wolf. (Zool.)
        (a) A black variety of the European wolf which is common
            in the Pyrenees.
        (b) A black variety of the American gray wolf.
  
     Golden+wolf+(Zool.),+the+Thibetan+wolf+({Canis+laniger">Golden wolf (Zool.), the Thibetan wolf ({Canis laniger);
        -- called also chanco.
  
     Indian+wolf+(Zool.),+an+Asiatic+wolf+({Canis+pallipes">Indian wolf (Zool.), an Asiatic wolf ({Canis pallipes)
        which somewhat resembles a jackal. Called also landgak.
        
  
     Prairie wolf (Zool.), the coyote.
  
     Sea wolf. (Zool.) See in the Vocabulary.
  
     Strand wolf (Zool.) the striped hyena.
  
     Tasmanian wolf (Zool.), the zebra wolf.
  
     Tiger wolf (Zool.), the spotted hyena.
  
     To keep the wolf from the door, to keep away poverty; to
        prevent starvation. See Wolf, 3, above. --Tennyson.
  
     Wolf dog. (Zool.)
        (a) The mastiff, or shepherd dog, of the Pyrenees,
            supposed by some authors to be one of the ancestors of
            the St. Bernard dog.
        (b) The Irish greyhound, supposed to have been used
            formerly by the Danes for chasing wolves.
        (c) A dog bred between a dog and a wolf, as the Eskimo
            dog.
  
     Wolf eel (Zool.), a wolf fish.
  
     Wolf fish (Zool.), any one of several species of large,
        voracious marine fishes of the genus Anarrhichas,
        especially the common species ({Anarrhichas lupus) of
        Europe and North America. These fishes have large teeth
        and powerful jaws. Called also catfish, sea cat, sea
        wolf, stone biter, and swinefish.
  
     Wolf net, a kind of net used in fishing, which takes great
        numbers of fish.
  
     Wolf's peach (Bot.), the tomato, or love apple
        ({Lycopersicum esculentum).
  
     Wolf spider (Zool.), any one of numerous species of running
        ground spiders belonging to the genus Lycosa, or family
        Lycosidae. These spiders run about rapidly in search of
        their prey. Most of them are plain brown or blackish in
        color. See Illust. in App.
  
     Zebra wolf (Zool.), a savage carnivorous marsupial
        ({Thylacinus cynocephalus) native of Tasmania; -- called
        also Tasmanian wolf.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Tasmanian wolf
      n 1: rare doglike carnivorous marsupial of Tasmania having
           stripes on its back; probably extinct [syn: thylacine,
           Tasmanian wolf, Tasmanian tiger, Thylacinus
           cynocephalus]

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