phalanger definition

  • noun:
    • Any of different tiny arboreal marsupials of this family Phalangeridae, of Australia and adjacent countries, having a lengthy tail and dense woolly fur and such as the cuscus and the traveling phalanger.
    • An arboreal marsupial of the family Phalangeridae, indigenous to Australian Continent.
    • 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.
    • A marsupial mammal regarding the genus Phalanger or Phalangista, or of this subfamily Phalangistinæ; a phalangist: so-named by Buffon (when it comes to a species of Cuscus) from the distinct framework associated with the second and 3rd digits associated with hind foot, that are webbed together.
    • [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of phalangers created by Storr in 1780. The name is prior in time to Phalangista, but until lately was less used.
    • small furry Australian arboreal marsupials having long usually prehensile tails

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