- 1North American • informal An opossum.More example sentences
- A favourite southern dish is possum and taters: the opossum is parboiled, then salted and peppered and roasted in a pan with peeled, roasted sweet potatoes.
- 2A tree-dwelling Australasian marsupial that typically has a prehensile tail.
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- Four families, especially Petauridae: many species, including the ringtails
- It is what we, as carers of koalas, birds, possums, macropods (wallabies, kangaroos etc.) and other wildlife carers are trained to do.
- Maybe you would see koalas, wombats, echidnas, brush tail and ring tail possums and emus if you're lucky.
- In Tasmania we have such a huge amount of wildlife: brush tail possums, all sorts of animals that at a glimpse, at a distance in poor light or whatever, can appear to be a fox.
- 1Pretend to be asleep or unconscious when threatened (in imitation of an opossum’s behavior).More example sentences
- Today I did washing at home in my washing machine, on the off-chance that it'd just been playing possum, and lo and behold, it worked just fine.
- After a retrospective release the band finally relented after 28 years of playing possum.
- Isn't that playing possum stuff supposed to protect them?
- 2Feign ignorance.More example sentences
- He has obviously decided to put the boot in, knowing that the majority of unions have played possum for so long now on so much.
early 17th century: shortening of opossum.
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