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Noun: opossum  u'pó-sum
  1. Nocturnal arboreal marsupial having a naked prehensile tail found from southern North America to northern South America
    - possum [N. Amer]
  2. [Austral, NZ] Small furry Australian arboreal marsupials having long usually prehensile tails
    - phalanger, possum

Derived forms: opossums

Type of: marsupial, pouched mammal

Part of: Didelphidae, family Didelphidae, family Phalangeridae, Phalangeridae

Encyclopedia: Opossum