cus·​cus ˈkəs-ˌkəs How to pronounce cuscus (audio)
plural cuscus also cuscuses
: any of several possums (see possum sense 2) (as of the genera Phalanger and Spilocuscus of the family Phalangeridae) of New Guinea and northern Australia
Cuscus, tree-dwelling marsupials can also be observed as they move through the canopy in slow motion.Robert H. Mohelenbrock

Examples of cuscus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Sulawesi bear cuscus, a tree-dwelling marsupial unique to the island, also seems to have played a symbolic role. Theodora Sutcliffe, Discover Magazine, 18 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1662, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cuscus was in 1662

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“Cuscus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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