Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly Southern U.S. An opossum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An opossum, a marsupial of the family Didelphidae of the Americas.
  • n. Any of marsupials in several families of the order Diprotodontia of Australia and neighboring islands.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An opossum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as opossum.
  • To play possum; feign death.

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

Etymologies

Short for opossum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Corruption of opossum. (Wiktionary)

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