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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: nocturnal arboreal marsupial having a naked prehensile tail found from southern North America to northern South America [syn: opossum, possum]
2: small furry Australian arboreal marsupials having long usually prehensile tails [syn: phalanger, opossum, possum]

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noun Date: 1613 opossum

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 colloq. = OPOSSUM 1. 2 Austral. & NZ colloq. a phalanger resembling an American opossum. Phrases and idioms: play possum 1 pretend to be asleep or unconscious when threatened. 2 feign ignorance. Etymology: abbr.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Possum Pos"sum, n. [Shortened from opossum.] (Zo["o]l.) An opossum. [Colloq. U. S.] To play possum, To act possum, 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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(possums) A possum is the same as an opossum. (mainly AM INFORMAL) N-COUNT

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Cape polecat, ape, bar, bear, cavy, chimp, chimpanzee, coon, ferret, foumart, glutton, groundhog, guinea pig, hedgehog, monk, monkey, mousehound, opossum, polecat, porcupine, prairie dog, quill pig, raccoon, skunk, weasel, whistle-pig, wolverine, woodchuck, zoril

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