Dictionary: A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z


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

noun, plural opossums (especially collectively) opossum.
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.
any of various animals of related genera.
noun (pl) -sums, -sum
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
Also called (Austral and NZ) possum. any of various similar animals, esp the phalanger, Trichosurus vulpecula, of the New Zealand bush

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


Read Also:

  • Opossum block

    noun 1. (in New Zealand) a block of bush allocated to a licensed opossum trapper

  • Opossum-shrimp

    noun 1. any small, shrimplike crustacean of the order Mysidacea, the females of which carry their eggs in a pouch between the legs. noun 1. any of various shrimplike crustaceans of the genera Mysis, Praunus, etc, of the order Mysidacea, in which the females carry the eggs and young around in a ventral brood pouch

  • Opp

    1. opuses; opera. 1. opposed. 2. . Object Push Profile 1. opposed 2. opposite

  • Opotherapy

    [op-uh-ther-uh-pee] /ˌɒp əˈθɛr ə pi/ noun 1. .

Disclaimer: Opossum definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.