Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Chiefly Southern US An opossum.
  • noun Any of several nocturnal arboreal marsupials of the suborder Phalangeriformes, native to Australia and adjacent islands and introduced elsewhere.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.), Colloq. U. S. An opossum.
  • noun to feign ignorance, indifference or inattention, with the intent to deceive; to dissemble; -- in allusion to the habit of the opossum, which feigns death when attacked or alarmed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun nocturnal arboreal marsupial having a naked prehensile tail found from southern North America to northern South America
  • noun small furry Australian arboreal marsupials having long usually prehensile tails

Etymologies

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

[Short for opossum.]

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Corruption of opossum.

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