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pos·sum

 (pŏs′əm)
n.
1. Chiefly Southern US An opossum. See Note at tater.
2. Any of several nocturnal arboreal marsupials of the suborder Phalangeriformes, native to Australia and adjacent islands and introduced elsewhere.

[Short for opossum.]

possum

(ˈpɒsəm)
n
1. (Animals) an informal name for opossum1
2. (Animals) Also called: phalanger Austral and NZ any of various Australasian arboreal marsupials, such as Trichosurus vulpecula (brush-tailed phalanger), having dense fur and a long tail: family Phalangeridae
3. play possum to pretend to be dead, ignorant, asleep, etc, in order to deceive an opponent

pos•sum

(ˈpɒs əm)

n., pl. -sums, (esp. collectively) -sum.
2. any of many marsupials of the families Phalangeridae, Petauridae, and Burramidae, of Australia and neighboring islands.
Idioms:
play possum, to feign sleep or death.
[1725–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.possum - nocturnal arboreal marsupial having a naked prehensile tail found from southern North America to northern South Americapossum - nocturnal arboreal marsupial having a naked prehensile tail found from southern North America to northern South America
marsupial, pouched mammal - mammals of which the females have a pouch (the marsupium) containing the teats where the young are fed and carried
common opossum, Didelphis marsupialis, Didelphis virginiana - omnivorous opossum of the eastern United States; noted for feigning death when in danger; esteemed as food in some areas; considered same species as the crab-eating opossum of South America
crab-eating opossum - South American opossum
2.possum - small furry Australian arboreal marsupials having long usually prehensile tailspossum - small furry Australian arboreal marsupials having long usually prehensile tails
marsupial, pouched mammal - mammals of which the females have a pouch (the marsupium) containing the teats where the young are fed and carried
family Phalangeridae, Phalangeridae - phalangers; koalas
cuscus - woolly-haired monkey-like arboreal marsupial of New Guinea and northern Australia
flying opossum, flying phalanger, flying squirrel - nocturnal phalangers that move with gliding leaps using parachute-like folds of skin along the sides of the body
kangaroo bear, koala, koala bear, native bear, Phascolarctos cinereus - sluggish tailless Australian arboreal marsupial with grey furry ears and coat; feeds on eucalyptus leaves and bark
Translations
تَظاهُر بالجَهْل، تَماوُت
vačice
opossumpungrotte
OpossumPossum
apsimesti miegančiamapsimesti negyvam
keseli sıçan

possum

[ˈpɒsəm] N (US) → zarigüeya f
to play possum (= sleeping) → fingir estar dormido; (= dead) → hacerse el muerto

possum

[ˈpɒsəm] (mainly US) nopossum m

possum

nOpossum nt, → Beutelratte f; to play possum (sleeping) → sich schlafend stellen; (dead) → sich tot stellen

possum

(ˈposəm) noun
(American) opossum.
play possum
to pretend to be dead or asleep.
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Like Muhammad Ali in his famed Rumble in the Jungle fight with George Foreman, Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning best picture plays possum for the first two acts and then - wham - it unleashes a powerful flurry of punches that leaves you reeling.