A tree-dwelling marsupial with a rounded head and prehensile tail, native to New Guinea and northern Australia.
- Four genera in the family Phalangeridae: several species, including thespotted cuscus (Spilocuscus maculatus) and thegrey cuscus (Phalanger orientalis) . See also phalanger.
- Even a bear cuscus, a woolly marsupial found in Sulawesi's forests and normally a leaf-eater, won't turn down a succulent fig.
- There is an utter lack of wildlife, save for the elusive cuscus, a beady-eyed marsupial the size of a house cat.
- On Misima some young men felled a three-hundred-year-old tree in pursuit of a cuscus (a small marsupial) an act of destruction aimed more at dramatically displaying their mastery of their new machine than anything else.
Mid 17th century: via French and Dutch from a local name in the Molucca Islands.
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