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


New Latin, probably from a New Guinean word.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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