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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Formerly, any marsupial; but the term is now restricted to an American genus which includes the opossums, of which there are many species. See opossum. [Written also Didelphis.] See Illustration in Appendix.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The typical and leading genus of marsupial implacental mammals of the family DidelphyidÅ“, containing the American opossums which are not web-footed.

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