Opossum
Opossum O*pos"sum, n. [Of N. American Indian origin.] (Zo["o]l.) Any American marsupial of the genera {Didelphys} and {Chironectes}; called also {possum}. The common species of the United States is {Didelphys Virginiana}. [1913 Webster]

Note: Several related species are found in South America. The water opossum of Brazil ({Chironectes variegatus}), which has the hind feet, webbed, is provided with a marsupial pouch and with cheek pouches. It is called also {yapock}. [1913 Webster]

{Opossum mouse}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Flying mouse}, under {Flying}.

{Opossum shrimp} (Zo["o]l.), any schizopod crustacean of the genus {Mysis} and allied genera. See {Schizopoda}. [1913 Webster]


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  • opossum — [ ɔpɔsɔm ] n. m. • 1640; mot angl. amér., de l algonquin oposon 1 ♦ Espèce de sarigue (marsupiaux) à beau pelage noir, blanc et gris. 2 ♦ Fourrure de cet animal. Manteau d opossum. Par ext. Opossum d Australie : fourrure du renard phalanger… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Opossum — * Opossum spielen. Das Opossum, die amerikanische Beutelratte, stellt sich, wenn angegriffen oder auch nur berührt, augenblicklich todt und lässt alles über sich ergehen; es ist daher ein häufiges und allgemeines Sprichwort von jemand, der sich… …   Deutsches Sprichwörter-Lexikon

  • opossum — ☆ opossum [ə päs′əm ] n. pl. opossums or opossum [< AmInd (Algonquian) name, lit., white beast] any of various families (esp. Didelphidae) of marsupials; esp., any of a small, omnivorous, tree dwelling American species (Didelphis marsupialis)… …   English World dictionary

  • Opossum — Opossum, eine Art der Beutelratte (s.d.) …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Opóssum — Opóssum, s. Beutelratte [Abb. 200] …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • opossum — 1610, from Powhatan (Algonquian) apasum white animal …   Etymology dictionary

  • opossum — s. m. 1. Pequeno marsupial da América e da Austrália, do tamanho de um gato, com focinho pontiagudo, orelhas nuas e comprida cauda escamosa. (Grupo das sarigueias.) 2. Pele desse animal …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • opossum — ► NOUN 1) an American marsupial which has a naked prehensile tail and hind feet with an opposable thumb. 2) Austral./NZ a possum. ORIGIN Algonquian, white dog …   English terms dictionary

  • Opossum — For the Eastern Hemisphere marsupial, see possum. Didelphimorphia[1] Temporal range: Late Cretaceous–Recent …   Wikipedia

  • Opossum — Nom vernaculaire ou nom normalisé ambigu : Le terme « Opossum » s applique en français à plusieurs taxons distincts. Opossum …   Wikipédia en Français

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