phalanger

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noun pha·lan·ger \fə-ˈlan-jər, ˈfā-ˌ\

Definition of phalanger

  1. :  any of various small to medium-sized marsupial mammals (family Phalangeridae) of the Australian region that are chiefly arboreal and nocturnal and usually densely furred

Origin and Etymology of phalanger

New Latin, from Greek phalang-, phalanx


First Known Use: circa 1774


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