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phalanger

[ fuh-lan-jer ]
/ fəˈlæn dʒər /
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noun

any of numerous arboreal marsupials of the family Phalangeridae, of Australia, having foxlike ears and a long, bushy tail.

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Origin of phalanger

First recorded in 1765–75; from French (Buffon) or from New Latin (1780), from Greek phalang-, stem of phálanx + New Latin -er, of unclear origin; the name refers to the syndactylous 2nd and 3rd digits of the hind feet; see phalanx
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British Dictionary definitions for phalanger

phalanger
/ (fəˈlændʒə) /

noun

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

Word Origin for phalanger

C18: via New Latin from Greek phalaggion spider's web, referring to its webbed hind toes
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