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phascogale

Line breaks: phas|cog¦ale
Pronunciation: /faˈskɒɡəliː
 
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Definition of phascogale in English:

noun

A small arboreal flesh- and nectar-eating Australian marsupial with a pointed snout, large eyes and ears, and a bushy tail.
  • Genus Phascogale, family Dasyuridae: two species
Example sentences
  • Many small carnivorous marsupials live there, and some of them - six species of quolls and one phascogale - grow to about the size of civets and mongooses.
  • The red-tailed phascogale is an endangered species that was once widespread over Australia. This species can currently only be found in the wheatbelt of western Australia.
  • Brush-tailed phascogales are speedy, elusive little tree-dwellers. Because of this they are extraordinarily difficult to survey.

Origin

modern Latin, from Greek phaskōlos 'purse' + galē 'weasel'.

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