Definition of brushtail in English:


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(also brush-tailed possum)


A nocturnal and mainly tree-dwelling Australasian marsupial, which has a pointed muzzle and a furred tail with a naked tip.
  • Genus Trichosurus, family Phalangeridae: three species, in particular the common brushtail (T. vulpecula), frequently found in suburban areas
More example sentences
  • One mammal I have studied, the Australian brush-tailed possum, harms mistletoe in a direct way, by devouring it.
  • Native to Australia, where they are now protected, brush-tailed possums were first introduced to New Zealand in 1837 to jump-start the fur trade.
  • The Australian brush-tailed possum, put simply, is a pest of epidemic proportions.

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