A brownish, cat-sized marsupial with distinctive white spots, a long tail and pointed snout. Quolls are nocturnal, and hunt insects, birds and small mammals. The word comes from Guugu Yimidhirr, an Aboriginal language of far north Queensland. James Cook recorded it in his Endeavour journal in 1770, but 'native cat' was used until the 1960s, when the Aboriginal word took over.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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