phalanger

noun pha·lan·ger \ fə-ˈlan-jər , ˈfā-ˌlan- \

Definition of phalanger

: any of various small to medium-sized marsupial mammals (family Phalangeridae and related families) of Australia and New Guinea that are chiefly arboreal and nocturnal and that include the possums (see possum 2) and cuscuses
  • Well-developed prehensile tails, large and strong claws and a slow, deliberate way of moving have equipped them well for their lives aloft, making the phalangers the marsupial equivalent of monkeys, sloths and squirrels.
  • —John Vandenbeld

Origin and Etymology of phalanger

New Latin, from Greek phalang-, phalanx


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