possum

noun pos·sum \ ˈpä-səm \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of possum

1 : opossum 1
  • Well into the twentieth century in the rural South, a possum hunt remained a favorite cold-weather sport …
  • —Evan Jones
2 : any of various small to medium-sized, nocturnal, chiefly arboreal marsupial mammals (especially families Phalangeridae, Pseudocheiridae, and Petauridae) of Australia and New Guinea that have thick, soft fur, a prehensile tail, and a rounded head with protruding eyes and that are mainly herbivorous
  • A member of Australia's rich endemic possum population, it is named for its lemur-like eyes.
  • —Jo Chandler
Note: Possums have a head and body ranging in length from 12 1/2 to 25 1/2 inches (320 to 655 mm) with a tail nearly as long.
— see also cuscus, phalanger

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1613

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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