Opossum



[uh-pos-uh m, pos-uh m] /əˈpɒs əm, ˈpɒs əm/

noun, plural opossums (especially collectively) opossum.
1.
a prehensile-tailed marsupial, Didelphis virginiana, of the eastern U.S., the female having an abdominal pouch in which its young are carried: noted for the habit of feigning death when in danger.
2.
any of various animals of related genera.
/əˈpɒsəm/
noun (pl) -sums, -sum
1.
any thick-furred marsupial, esp Didelphis marsupialis (common opossum), of the family Didelphidae of S North, Central, and South America, having an elongated snout and a hairless prehensile tail Sometimes (informal) shortened to possum
2.
Also called (Austral and NZ) possum. any of various similar animals, esp the phalanger, Trichosurus vulpecula, of the New Zealand bush
n.

1610, from Powhatan (Algonquian) opassum, “equivalent to a proto-Algonquian term meaning ‘white dog'” [Bright].

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