- 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
C17: New Latin, probably from a native name in New Guinea
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Macco quickly climbed the tree, and reached a branch just above the cuscus.
They carried away the whole of the cuscus and part of the kangaroo.
The deer and pig are found in the islands, and also a species of cuscus.
And we obtained two fine live opossums, of a rare and singular kind (Cuscus maculatus) for an axe apiece.Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1.
The other three are species of the curious genus Cuscus, which is peculiar to the Austro-Malayan region.The Malay Archipelago
Alfred Russell Wallace