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o·pos·sum

opossum

 
pronunciation:
pa sm
part of speech: noun
inflections: opossum, opossums
definition 1: a small mammal with gray fur, a pointed nose, and a long tail, which it uses to hang from tree branches. The common opossum is the only marsupial that lives in North America. Several other kinds of opossums live in Central and South America. The female opossum carries her young in a pouch in her belly.
 
definition 2: a group of Australian marsupials similar to the opossums that live in North, Central and South America.