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Leadbeater's possum Line breaks: Lead|beater's pos¦sum
Pronunciation: /ˈlɛdbɛtəz/

Definition of Leadbeater's possum in English:


A small grey and white Australian possum, living only in high-altitude eucalyptus forests in eastern Victoria, where it feeds on gum.
  • Gymnobelidus leadbeateri, family Petauridae
Example sentences
  • The petaurids include the striped possum, Leadbeater's possum, and wrist-winged gliders.


Named after John Leadbeater (circa1832–88), Australian taxidermist.

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