/ (ˈkʌskʌs) /
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noun plural -cuses
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
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Word Origin for cuscus
C17: New Latin, probably from a native name in New Guinea
Words nearby cuscus
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How to use cuscus in a sentence
It was a very fine specimen of Cuscus Maculatus, quite tame and kept in a large cage of split bamboo.Thomas Henry Huxley; A Sketch Of His Life And Work|P. Chalmers Mitchell
In Celebes, wild pigs are found, and scarcely any other terrestrial mammal, besides the prehensile-tailed cuscus.
Cuscus held on by his long prehensile tail; but Macco pulled and pulled, and down the animal came with a flop to the ground.
On examining our larder, we found that the flesh of the cuscus was still perfectly fresh.
The hunters soon returned, bringing with them a tree kangaroo and a cuscus, with several large bats.