phalanger

[ fuh-lan-jer ]

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

Origin of phalanger

1
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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phalanger

/ (fəˈlændʒə) /


noun
  1. 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

Origin of phalanger

1
C18: via New Latin from Greek phalaggion spider's web, referring to its webbed hind toes

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