One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any member of the family Phalangeridae of Australasian marsupials, comprising the cuscuses (mostly of the genus Phalanger), brushtail possums (genus Trichosurus), and scaly-tailed possum (Wyulda squamicaudata).
Of or relating to the family Phalangeridae.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Isaac Funk (1839–1912), publisher and reformer. From phalanger + -id, after scientific Latin Phalangeridae, family name.
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