Meaning of opossum

o•pos•sum

Pronunciation: (u-pos'um, pos'um), [key]
— pl. -sums, -sum.
  1. a prehensile-tailed marsupial, Didelphis virginiana, of the eastern U.S., the female having an abdominal pouch in which its young are carried: noted for the habit of feigning death when in danger.
  2. any of various animals of related genera.
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