opossum definition

  • noun:
    • Any of different nocturnal, typically arboreal marsupials of this family Didelphidae, specially Didelphis marsupialis of the Western Hemisphere, having a thick layer of locks, a long snout, and a lengthy prehensile tail. See Local Note at possum.
    • some of a few similar marsupials of Australia of the household Phalangeridae.
    • Any United states marsupial associated with the genera Didelphys and Chironectes. The common types of the usa is Didelphys virginiana.
    • Any United states marsupial of genera Didelphys and Chironectes; called in addition possum. The most popular species of the usa is Didelphys Virginiana.
    • An American marsupial mammal of the family members Didelphyidæ (which see for technical figures).
    • A name of sundry other marsupials: since, the ursine opossum (this is certainly, the ursine dasyure); the vulpine opossum (the vulpine phalangist).
    • nocturnal arboreal marsupial having a naked prehensile end discovered from southern united states to northern south usa
    • tiny furry Australian arboreal marsupials having very long usually prehensile tails

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