from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several nocturnal marsupials of the genus Phalanger of New Guinea, Australia, and adjacent islands, having large eyes, small ears, a pointed snout, and a long prehensile tail.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of marsupial from New Guinea; the tree kangaroo.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A soft grass (Pennisetum typhoideum) found in all tropical regions, used as food for men and cattle in Central Africa.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of marsupial quadrupeds of the Australian and Papuan islands, including opossum-like prehensile-tailed phalangers, covered with dense woolly fur, having a small head and large eyes, living in trees, and characterized by slow movements.
- n. The commercial name for the long fibrous aromatic root of cuscus-grass, which is used for making tatties or screens, ornamental baskets, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. woolly-haired monkey-like arboreal marsupial of New Guinea and northern Australia
On considering what the animal could be, I recollected one called the cuscus, a picture of which I had seen in one of Mr Hooker's books.
We saw numerous pigeons also, and a curious animal called the cuscus, something like an opossum, with a long tail, small head, large eyes, and a dense covering of woolly fur.
Its namesake dish, cuscus alla Trapanese, is a tagine-like couscous served with seafood soup, prawns and monkfish, and its historic center features tightly packed streets that were once surrounded by the casbah walls.
Smaller creatures, too: wolverines and otters, a cuscus, a bandicoot, a pack of foxes.
Everyone will come into the room and the silky cuscus: the new subspecies will sort of glide down on special suspension things, wearing a cape, and he will basically be cute all over everybody while they pronounce his species name in many different ways.
September 11th, 2009 at 8:29 am silky cuscus silky cuscus
Yes, but they found a new subspecies of the silky cuscus, which was previously unknown to science.
I thought cuscus was an alternative spelling of couscous.
Pretty tame but if they had done the nasnas in some cuscus then Chip Ahoy could have blogged about it.
Besides the flying foxes, the admiralty cuscus (Spilocuscus kraemeri) is the only endemic cuscus in the hotspot, being confined to the Admiralty Islands.