from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various small arboreal marsupials of the family Phalangeridae of New Guinea, Australia, and adjacent islands, having a long tail and dense woolly fur.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A marsupial mammal of the genus Phalanger or Phalangista, or of the subfamily Phalangistinæ; a phalangist: so named by Buffon (in the case of a species of Cuscus) from the peculiar structure of the second and third digits of the hind feet, which are webbed together.
  • noun [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of phalangers founded by Storr in 1780. The name is prior in date to Phalangista, but until lately has been less used.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) Any marsupial belonging to Phalangista, Cuscus, Petaurus, and other genera of the family Phalangistidæ. They are arboreal, and the species of Petaurus are furnished with lateral parachutes. See Flying phalanger, under flying.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An arboreal marsupial of the family Phalangeridae, native to Australia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun small furry Australian arboreal marsupials having long usually prehensile tails


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin, from Greek phalanx, phalang-, toe bone (from its fused hind toes); see phalanx.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Ancient Greek phalangion "spider's web," from φάλαγξ "spider," referring to the webbed toes on the hind feet.



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  • "...astonished by the number of nocturnal animals he heard and occasionally saw in the faint moonlight, and they so near the settlement: phalangers, bandicoots, a koala, wombats."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 364

    March 9, 2008

  • Seen here.

    August 26, 2008