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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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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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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What sort of creature is a flying phalanger? A A marsupial B A reptile C Abird D An insect 8.
(72) The cus-cous (Phalanger orientalis) is a species of possum considered to have originated in Papua, having spread to the Moluccas, the Bismarck Archipelago, the Solomon Islands and Timor.
Asi, en la mayoria de las especies adaptadas a una locomocion terrestre-saltatorial (e.g., Canis, Metachirus, Dasyurus y Perameles), estas vertebras se ubican anteriormente en T11-12 incrementando la flexibilidad de la columna; en las formas arboricolas (e.g., Caluromys, Glironia y Phalanger) son mas posteriores y se ubican generalmente en el area lumbar, proporcionando mayor rigidez a la columna.
Content management system supplier Jadu has bridged the yawning chasm between the PHP and .Net development platforms with a collaboration with Prague-based open source project Phalanger.
The modern Timorese fauna is completed by a New Guinean cuscus (Phalanger orientalis) introduced in the early Holocene, and a suite of Asian domesticates and commensals, all introduced since the mid-late Holocene (Glover 1986).
For example, this Dani man from the Pegunungan Jayawijaya mountains in Irian Jaya is pleased with his catch, a specimen of cuscus (Phalanger), a small marsupial of the wet forests of Insulindia and the islands of the Strait.
Similar in form and function to Dassault Electronique's Phalanger pod, Sacre is aimed at helicopter, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and light turboprop applications.
Strangely enough, my fat-tailed mice were on friendly terms with "Erastus", a pigmy flying phalanger, and the curious family slept in the same nest.