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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.
References in classic literature ?
He cocked his head to one side, shut one eye and put the other one to the hole, like a possum looking down a jug; then he glanced up with his bright eyes, gave a wink or two with his wings--which signifies gratification, you understand--and says, 'It looks like a hole, it's located like a hole--blamed if I don't believe it IS a hole
Never imposing upon any one myself, I suffered no one to play the possum with me.
Talk of the liberty of the treed possum, but do not use the word in connexion with a man bottled up in an office, with Roland Bean guarding the only exit.
Those tangy frosty afternoons, when he had been forced to clean barns and plow while the other boys went rabbit and possum hunting or nutting, were afternoons whose loss he still mourned.
However, being ground-based predators they are not efficient at controlling ringtail possums in dense understorey vegetation.
Felicity Bradshaw (text) A Tale of Honey Possums + DVD Honey Possum South West, 2008 32pp $24.
She is proud of her part in caring for feral cats who eliminated the rats, mice and possums in her neighborhood.
Around Tumut, the possums nest in both the eucalypt patches and surrounding pine plantations, using pine needles to construct dreys--breeding nests--among the branches.
The Little River Trap Library and Lyttelton Primary School were given more than 50 traps and bait worth about $8000 for their work to control rats, possums and stoats on Banks Peninsula and in Lyttelton, funded through the DOC Predator Free Rangers Enabling Fund of $300,000.
Two additional cases of suspected human tularemia were reported in Tasmania in 2011, close to the site of the original infection; 1 of these involved exposure to ringtail possums (9).
A Taranaki husband and wife combination has turned New Zealand's war on possums into a highly desirable range of environmentally-friendly clothing and footwear products.
Our experience is that smaller mammals, such as Feather-tailed Gliders and Pygmy Possums, are also easy to miss and difficult to identify.