marsu'pial mouse'

1. any of various mouse-sized to rat-sized marsupials of the family Dasyuridae, occurring in Australia, New Guinea, and Tasmania: some species are rare or endangered.
2. the mouselike crested-tailed Dasycercus cristicauda of Australian deserts. Also called marsu'pial rat'.

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