Definition of phalanger in English:

phalanger

Syllabification: pha·lan·ger
Pronunciation: /fəˈlanjər
 
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noun

  • A lemurlike tree-dwelling marsupial native to Australia and New Guinea.
    • Family Phalangeridae: several genera, in particular Phalanger and Spilocuscus, and including the cuscuses; the common phalanger is either the spotted cuscus or the gray cuscus . See also flying phalanger
    More example sentences
    • And we had a phalanger, a flying possum that used to cling onto the curtains and fly around at night.
    • Brushtail phalangers have large ears, small dark eyes and extremely soft fur which varies in color from gray to rust red. They have a brush-like tail which is prehensile, but not weight bearing.
    • Phalangers, more commonly known as possums and cuscuses, are marsupials but with a vague resemblance to some monkeys.

Origin

late 18th century: from French, from Greek phalangion 'spider's web' (because of the webbed toes of their hind feet).

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