from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various small arboreal marsupials of the family Phalangeridae, of Australia and adjacent islands, having a long tail and dense woolly fur and including the cuscus and the flying phalanger.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An arboreal marsupial of the family Phalangeridae, native to Australia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any marsupial belonging to Phalangista, Cuscus, Petaurus, and other genera of the family Phalangistidæ. They are arboreal, and the species of Petaurus are furnished with lateral parachutes. See Flying phalanger, under flying.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A marsupial mammal of the genus Phalanger or Phalangista, or of the subfamily Phalangistinæ; a phalangist: so named by Buffon (in the case of a species of Cuscus) from the peculiar structure of the second and third digits of the hind feet, which are webbed together.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of phalangers founded by Storr in 1780. The name is prior in date to Phalangista, but until lately has been less used.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small furry Australian arboreal marsupials having long usually prehensile tails


New Latin, from Greek phalanx, phalang-, toe bone (from its fused hind toes); see phalanx.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek phalangion "spider's web," from φάλαγξ "spider," referring to the webbed toes on the hind feet. (Wiktionary)



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