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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.
After 30 minutes of chipping at the plaster around the possum, it managed to drop back outside and scarper.
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.
To identify potential pathogens in these possum samples, we used an unbiased, high-throughput RNA sequencing approach (RNA-Seq; Epicentre, Madison, WI, USA).
No one in New Zealand is tanning possum pelts like us," says Pennie, "so we don't really have any competition, either locally or nationally.
GTX Corp (OTC PINK: GTXO), an IoT platform in the personal location GPS wearable and wandering assistive technology business, announced on Thursday the commercial launch of the GPS SmartSole with Possum Ltd, a B2B Healthcare and Telehealth provider conducting business across the UK and Ireland.
Other arboreal species, Eastern Pygmy Possum Cercartetus nanus and Little Pygmy Possum Cercartetus lepidus, are listed as near threatened on the Advisory List but not listed under the FFG.
Appleblossom and her numerous siblings learn to survive from their mother, Ma Possum.