While looking up Marie Curie in my trusty Большой Энциклопедический словарь (Bol’shoi entsiklopedicheskii slovar’, ‘Big Encyclopedic Dictionary’), I happened on the entry Кускусы (kuskusy). I assumed it meant ‘couscous,’ but when I looked at the definition, which began “genus of mammals,” I realized I was way off base. It turns out there is a marsupial called the cuscus, “probably from the native New Guinea word for the animal.” I found both the word and the animal charming and thought I’d share them.
Incidentally, I couldn’t find Marie under Кюри (Curie); it wasn’t until I thought of looking under Склодовская (Sklodovskaya = Sklodowska) that I found her, listed as СКЛОДОВСКАЯ-КЮРИ (Sklodowska-Curie) Мария. I wonder whether she’s normally referred to as Mariya Sklodovskaya-Curie or whether a shortened version is used; perhaps my Russian readers can tell me.