- 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
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Examples from the Web for phalanger
This view is in apparent contradiction to an interesting discovery in a specimen of a Phalanger by Dr. Klaatsch.
The lower jaw has quite the appearance of that of a Macropus or Phalanger, with long and forwardly projecting incisors.
The animal, as was pointed out by Dr. Gray, looks very much like a Phalanger.
At Rawak the phalanger and the sheepdog in a wild state were the only quadrupeds met with.Celebrated Travels and Travellers
- any of various Australasian arboreal marsupials, such as Trichosurus vulpecula (brush-tailed phalanger), having dense fur and a long tail: family PhalangeridaeAlso called (Austral. and NZ): possum See also flying phalanger
C18: via New Latin from Greek phalaggion spider's web, referring to its webbed hind toes