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Any of several nocturnal marsupials of the family Phalangeridae of New Guinea, Australia, and adjacent islands, having large eyes, small ears, a pointed snout, and a long prehensile tail.

[New Latin Cuscus, former genus name, ultimately (probably via Dutch koeskoes) from a local word for the marsupials in a language of the Moluccas.]
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n, pl -cuses
(Animals) any of several large nocturnal phalangers of the genus Phalanger, of N Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands, having dense fur, prehensile tails, large eyes, and a yellow nose
[C17: New Latin, probably from a native name in New Guinea]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cuscus - woolly-haired monkey-like arboreal marsupial of New Guinea and northern Australiacuscus - woolly-haired monkey-like arboreal marsupial of New Guinea and northern Australia
opossum, phalanger, possum - small furry Australian arboreal marsupials having long usually prehensile tails
genus Phalanger - type genus of the family Phalangeridae: cuscuses
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