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cuscus

/ˈkʌskʌs/
noun (pl) -cuses
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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
Word Origin
C17: New Latin, probably from a native name in New Guinea
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any of the seven species of Australasian marsupial mammals of the genus Phalanger. These are the marsupial "monkeys." The head and body are 30 to 65 cm (12 to 25 inches) long, the tail 25 to 60 cm (10 to 24 inches). The big eyes are yellow-rimmed, and the nose is yellowish; the ears are nearly hidden in the fine dense fur. Cuscuses move slowly through the trees, capturing birds and lizards by stealth but mostly eating leaves and fruit. The female is pouched and usually has one or two young at a time.

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