from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various nocturnal, usually arboreal marsupials of the family Didelphidae, especially Didelphis marsupialis of the Western Hemisphere, having a thick coat of hair, a long snout, and a long prehensile tail. See Regional Note at possum.
- n. Any of several similar marsupials of Australia belonging to the family Phalangeridae.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any American marsupial of the genera Didelphys and Chironectes. The common species of the United States is Didelphys virginiana.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any American marsupial of the genera Didelphys and Chironectes; called also possum. The common species of the United States is Didelphys Virginiana.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An American marsupial mammal of the family Didelphyidæ (which see for technical characters).
- n. A name of sundry other marsupials: as, the ursine opossum (that is, the ursine dasyure); the vulpine opossum (the vulpine phalangist).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. nocturnal arboreal marsupial having a naked prehensile tail found from southern North America to northern South America
- n. small furry Australian arboreal marsupials having long usually prehensile tails
The penis of the male opossum is bifurcated or forked.
The common opossum is the size of a house cat, with a long, pointed nose, round ears, short legs, and is predominantly grey in color.
This endemic opossum is found in this ecoregion and others in dry forests in northern Colombia and Venezuela.
Because of this pouch-like structure, Mysis is sometimes called the opossum shrimp.
Superficially, mysidaceans look much like small shrimp, and since they have a ventral marsupium, they are often called opossum shrimp.
This opossum, which is black and white, swims in the streams like a muskrat or otter, catching fish and living in burrows which open under water.
Among them is the American opossum, which is abundant, and is highly prized as an article of food.
There is another animal known as the opossum, called by the colored people
The wonder to us was that this extremely irascible and venomous serpent should be living in a nest with a large family of opossums, for it must be borne in mind that the opossum is a rapacious and an exceedingly savage-tempered beast.
The _manitou_ is a brave little marsupial, which might be called the opossum of Martinique: it fights, although overmatched, with the serpent, and is a great enemy to the field-rat.
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