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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.

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


(Animals) 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
[C18: via New Latin from Greek phalaggion spider's web, referring to its webbed hind toes]


(fəˈlæn dʒər)

any tree-dwelling Australian marsupial of the family Phalangeridae, including mouselike, squirrellike, and lemurlike forms.
[1765–75; < French (Buffon) or < New Latin (1780) < Greek phalang-, s. of phálanx phalanx + New Latin -er]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.phalanger - small furry Australian arboreal marsupials having long usually prehensile tailsphalanger - small furry Australian arboreal marsupials having long usually prehensile tails
marsupial, pouched mammal - mammals of which the females have a pouch (the marsupium) containing the teats where the young are fed and carried
family Phalangeridae, Phalangeridae - phalangers; koalas
cuscus - woolly-haired monkey-like arboreal marsupial of New Guinea and northern Australia
flying opossum, flying phalanger, flying squirrel - nocturnal phalangers that move with gliding leaps using parachute-like folds of skin along the sides of the body
kangaroo bear, koala, koala bear, native bear, Phascolarctos cinereus - sluggish tailless Australian arboreal marsupial with grey furry ears and coat; feeds on eucalyptus leaves and bark
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We could easily start a miniature zoo at Portland, for within a few miles we have kangaroo, emus, wombats, phalangers, large and small, besides a good collection of birds.
Plusieurs fois aussi il s'enfonca dans un bras de marais grouillant d'insectes glauques et agressifs, pendant qu'au-dessus de sa tete les phalangers et les dasyures, emergeant de leur sommeil diurne, commencaient a s'activer dans les branchages." (MG 96-97) Le ventre de Paris
According to the newspaper, the immigration officials found 25 phalangers in Karita's jacket, as well as a black cat and two monitor lizards in small bags.