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[fuh-lan-jer] /fəˈlæn dʒər/
any of numerous arboreal marsupials of the family Phalangeridae, of Australia, having foxlike ears and a long, bushy tail.
Origin of phalanger
1765-75; < French (Buffon) or < New Latin (1780) < Greek phalang-, stem of phálanx phalanx + New Latin -er, of unclear orig.; the name refers to the syndactylous 2nd and 3rd digits of the hind feet Unabridged
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any of various Australasian arboreal marsupials, such as Trichosurus vulpecula (brush-tailed phalanger), having dense fur and a long tail: family Phalangeridae Also called (Austral. and NZ) possum See also flying phalanger
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C18: via New Latin from Greek phalaggion spider's web, referring to its webbed hind toes
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