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British Dictionary definitions for cuscus

cuscus

noun plural -cuses
  1. any of several large nocturnal phalangers of the genus Phalanger, of N Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands, having dense fur, prehensile tails, large eyes, and a yellow nose

Word Origin

C17: New Latin, probably from a native name in New Guinea
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