Definition of phalangerid in US English:

phalangerid

noun

Zoology
  • 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).

adjective

Zoology
  • Of or relating to the family Phalangeridae.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Isaac Funk (1839–1912), publisher and reformer. From phalanger + -id, after scientific Latin Phalangeridae, family name.

Pronunciation

phalangerid

/fəˈlan(d)ʒərɪd/