Definitions for opossuməˈpɒs əm, ˈpɒs əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•pos•suməˈpɒs əm, ˈpɒs əm(n.)(pl.)-sums; -sum.

  1. a prehensile-tailed marsupial, Didelphis virginiana, of the eastern U.S.: noted for feigning death when in danger.

    Category: Mammals

  2. any marsupial of the New World family Didelphidae.

    Category: Mammals

  3. Category: Mammals

    Ref: possum (def. 2). 3

Origin of opossum:

1610, Amer.; < Virginia Algonquian (E sp.) opassom, opussum, aposoum

Princeton's WordNet

  1. phalanger, opossum, possum(noun)

    small furry Australian arboreal marsupials having long usually prehensile tails

  2. opossum, possum(noun)

    nocturnal arboreal marsupial having a naked prehensile tail found from southern North America to northern South America

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. opossum(noun)əˈpɒs əm, ˈpɒs əm

    a North American and Australian marsupial


  1. opossum(Noun)

    Any American marsupial of the genera Didelphys and Chironectes. The common species of the United States is Didelphys virginiana.

  2. Origin: From opassum; compare Ojibwe waabasim.

Translations for opossum

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(also possum ) a furry animal with a long tail and a pouch for carrying its young which lives in trees; it is found especially in Australia, New Zealand and America.

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