Definition of opossum in English:

opossum

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Pronunciation: /əˈpɒs(ə)m
 
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noun

1An American marsupial which has a naked prehensile tail and hind feet with an opposable thumb.
  • Family Didelphidae: several genera and numerous species. See also Virginia opossum
More example sentences
  • Scientists say this mammal is the oldest known fossil ancestor of modern marsupials - which include opossums, kangaroos, and koalas.
  • Marsupials, such as the opossums of the Americas and the kangaroos, koalas, and wombats of Australasia, generally give birth to tiny immature young which then complete their developments in a pouch.
  • Primitively clumsy and slow, with conical heads and pointed pink noses, sparse gray fur and naked ears, mature opossums reach the size of house cats (about ten pounds).
1.1Australian/NZ A possum.
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  • On Terra these include kangaroos, wallabies, bandicoots, opossums, and wombats.
  • Rabbits and opossums, which were okayed by the Government of the time, have had an enormous and destructive impact on our environment.
  • As well as performing amazing movement-restoring surgery on spine damaged opossums, Dr Norman Sauders has built a sailing simulator which he'll be demonstrating at the Sydney Boat Show in August.

Origin

early 17th century: from Virginia Algonquian opassom, from op 'white' + assom 'dog'.

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