What does the word opossum mean?

Usage examples for opossum

  1. The third sort is very rare, and in the formation of its head resembles the opossum. – A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench
  2. The wonder to us was that this extremely irascible and venomous serpent should be living in a nest with a large family of opossums, for it must be borne in mind that the opossum is a rapacious and an exceedingly savage- tempered beast. – Far Away and Long Ago by W. H. Hudson
  3. The boys and Melissa went to the circus, and enjoyed all they saw, and Melissa had a fine opossum stew into the bargain. – Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad by Various