phalanger

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n phalanger small furry Australian arboreal marsupials having long usually prehensile tails
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Phalanger (Zoöl) Any marsupial belonging to Phalangista Cuscus Petaurus, and other genera of the family Phalangistidæ. They are arboreal, and the species of Petaurus are furnished with lateral parachutes. See Flying phalanger, under Flying.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n phalanger A marsupial mammal of the genus Phalanger or Phalangista, or of the subfamily Phalangistinæ; a phalangist: so named by Buffon (in the case of a species of Cuscus) from the peculiar structure of the second and third digits of the hind feet, which are webbed together. Phalangers are opossum-like quadrupeds with a long prehensile tail, of arboreal habits, frugivorous and insectivorous, represented in abundance in the whole Australian region by numerous species and several genera. They have a thick woolly coat, and average about the size of a cat, though some are much smaller. The phalangers proper have no parachute; others. known as petaurists, or flying-phalangers, are provided with a flying-membrane. Some of the best-known species belong to the genus Cuscus, as the ursine phalanger, C. ursinus. Valentyn's phalanger is C. orientalist, known also by its native names kapouna and coescoes. The vulpine phalanger is Trichosurus vulpinus, having the tail almost entirely hairy, and combining to some extent the aspects of a squirrel and a fox. Cook's phalanger and some related forms belong to the genus Pseudochirus. Some very small ones, resembling dormice, constitute the genus. Dromicia. See cuts under Dromicia, Cuscus, Petaurista, and Acrobates.
    • n phalanger [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of phalangers founded by Storr in 1780. The name is prior in date to Phalangista, but until lately has been less used.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Phalanger fā-lan′jer a genus of small arboreal Australasian marsupials.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. phalanger,. See Phalanx
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. phalanx.

Usage

In literature:

The bite opened the phalangeal joint of the left thumb, causing violent inflammation, and resulted in the destruction of the joint.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
Thus there are three phalanges in each of the lesser toes, and only two in the great toe, which answers to the thumb.
"On the Relations of Man to the Lower Animals" by Thomas H. Huxley
Thus there are three phalanges in each of the lesser toes, and only two in the great toe, which answers to the thumb.
"Lectures and Essays" by T.H. Huxley
The phalanges, or finger bones, are the fourteen small bones arranged in three rows to form the fingers.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
We obtained also in this earth the last phalange of the greatest toe of a kangaroo, and a small water-worn pebble of quartz.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
Normally each digit has three phalanges.
"The Ancient Life History of the Earth" by Henry Alleyne Nicholson
I asked the subject to clasp his hands in such a way that the second phalanges would be about even.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
The lower jaw was missing, and two phalanges were inside the skull.
"Archeological Investigations" by Gerard Fowke
In well-marked cases one of these is a reduction from three phalanges or joints to two.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
Durkin could see the rose-like glow between the phalanges of the fingers shielding the light.
"Phantom Wires" by Arthur Stringer
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In poetry:

Glancing back through serried ranges,
Vivid as his own phalanges,
Every captain might espy
Equal host in sculpture vie;
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

In news:

The foot is made up of tarsal bones, metatarsal bones and phalanges.
Hammertoe is a deformed, claw-shaped toe, usually the second toe, that results from permanent flexion (bending) between one or both phalangeal joints.
Hammertoe is a deformed, claw-shaped toe, usually the second toe, that results from permanent flexion (bending) between one or both phalangeal joints.
For example, the base phalange of the discipline, or the Saturn finger, is determined by Pisces.
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