any of a genus (Phalanger, family Phalangeridae) of sluggish, tree-dwelling phalangers native to NE Australia and nearby islands, mostly herbivorous with foxlike ears and a prehensile tail
Origin of cuscusModern Latin from native name in New Guinea
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.
Origin of cuscusNew Latin Cuscus former genus name ultimately ( probably via Dutch koeskoes ) from a local word for the marsupials in a language of the Moluccas
- (zoology) A type of marsupial from New Guinea; the tree kangaroo.