Part of speech: noun

An American arborel quadruped. the female of which carries its young in a pouch or on the back.

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Usage examples "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", 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", 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", Various.