Opossum mouse
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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