opossum vs possum

opossum possum


  • 1) zoology Any American marsupial of the genera Didelphys and Chironectes. The common species of the United States is Didelphys virginiana.
  • 2) A possum of Australia and adjacent islands.
  • 3) Any of various nocturnal, usually arboreal marsupials of the family Didelphidae of the Americas, especially Didelphis virginiana of North and Central America, having a thick coat, a long snout, and a long prehensile tail.
  • 4) (Zoöl.) any schizopod crustacean of the genus Mysis and allied genera. See Schizopoda.
  • 5) (Zoöl.) See Flying mouse, under Flying.
  • 6) (Zoöl.) Any American marsupial of the genera Didelphys and Chironectes; called also possum. The common species of the United States is Didelphys Virginiana.
  • 7) A name of sundry other marsupials: as, the ursine opossum (that is, the ursine dasyure); the vulpine opossum (the vulpine phalangist).
  • 8) An American marsupial mammal of the family Didelphyidæ (which see for technical characters).


  • 1) US An opossum, a marsupial of the family Didelphidae of the Americas.
  • 2) Any of marsupials in several families of the order Diprotodontia of Australia and neighboring islands.
  • 3) Any of several nocturnal arboreal marsupials of the suborder Phalangeriformes, native to Australia and adjacent islands and introduced elsewhere.
  • 4) Chiefly Southern US An opossum.
  • 5) (Zoöl.), Colloq. U. S. An opossum.
  • 6) to feign ignorance, indifference or inattention, with the intent to deceive; to dissemble; -- in allusion to the habit of the opossum, which feigns death when attacked or alarmed.
  • 7) small furry Australian arboreal marsupials having long usually prehensile tails
  • 8) nocturnal arboreal marsupial having a naked prehensile tail found from southern North America to northern South America
  • 9) Same as opossum.


  • 1) The penis of the male opossum is bifurcated or forked.
  • 2) The common opossum is the size of a house cat, with a long, pointed nose, round ears, short legs, and is predominantly grey in color.
  • 3) This endemic opossum is found in this ecoregion and others in dry forests in northern Colombia and Venezuela.
  • 4) Because of this pouch-like structure, Mysis is sometimes called the opossum shrimp.
  • 5) Superficially, mysidaceans look much like small shrimp, and since they have a ventral marsupium, they are often called opossum shrimp.
  • 6) This opossum, which is black and white, swims in the streams like a muskrat or otter, catching fish and living in burrows which open under water.
  • 7) Among them is the American opossum, which is abundant, and is highly prized as an article of food.
  • 8) ‘Scientists say this mammal is the oldest known fossil ancestor of modern marsupials - which include opossums, kangaroos, and koalas.’
  • 9) ‘Marsupials, such as the opossums of the Americas and the kangaroos, koalas, and wombats of Australasia, generally give birth to tiny immature young which then complete their developments in a pouch.’
  • 10) ‘Primitively clumsy and slow, with conical heads and pointed pink noses, sparse gray fur and naked ears, mature opossums reach the size of house cats (about ten pounds).’
  • 11) ‘Many of the animals intentionally introduced to new habitats have been herbivorous mammals, including goats, rabbits, pigs, sheep, cattle, horses, donkeys, monkeys, deer, wallabies, opossums, and squirrels.’
  • 12) ‘In Florida's Marion County, Interstate 75 cuts right through a state-long swath of greenway that's habitat for bobcats, opossums, and armadillos.’
  • 13) ‘Don't put out any more seed than can be eaten by the birds by nightfall, especially where raccoons, opossums, deer, or rodents are a problem.’
  • 14) ‘The mammals the researchers studied were the platypus, echidna, opossum, wallaby, hedgehog, mouse, rat, rabbit, cow, pig, bat, tree shrew, colugo, ringtail lemur, and humans.’
  • 15) ‘That's when the animals are most active and it's fun to see the deer, raccoons, opossums, rabbits, and birds.’
  • 16) ‘Many species of warblers sensitive to forest fragmentation live there, too, along with beavers, muskrats, deer, foxes, raccoons, opossums, groundhogs, and other four-legged animals.’
  • 17) ‘Skunks, foxes, weasels, opossums and rabbits all use groundhog burrows for their dens.’
  • 18) ‘Even though we're on the edge of a major city, our yard is populated by a variety of mice, moles, squirrels, chipmunks and opossums.’
  • 19) ‘There are more than 250 species of birds, in an island just 26 miles long and seven miles wide, and animals from armadillos and agoutis to racoons and opossums.’
  • 20) ‘All kinds of critters like to dine on poultry, including raccoons, skunks, opossums, weasels, foxes, coyotes, dogs and feral cats.’
  • 21) ‘A farmer looking through the fields before harvesting his crop sees rabbits, opossums, mice, rats, birds, foxes, skunks and snakes.’
  • 22) ‘As forests become chopped up into ever smaller chunks, the amount of ‘edge’ habitat increases for predators such as blue jays, crows, raccoons, opossums, feral cats, black rat snakes, and others that prey upon birds or their eggs.’
  • 23) ‘He goes behind the fields and starts to trap opossums, skunks, rabbits, and squirrels.’
  • 24) ‘Crickets are eaten by small owls, birds, snakes, mice, frogs, raccoons, opossums and many other creatures.’
  • 25) ‘Meanwhile, creatures that benefit from living around people follow them into disturbed areas, including opossums, raccoons, pigeons and dumpster-diving rats.’
  • 26) ‘The opossum sleeps 19 hours out of every 24 and the giraffe sleeps only about 2.’
  • 27) ‘Oh, that story with the opossums is a true story.’
  • 28) ‘On Terra these include kangaroos, wallabies, bandicoots, opossums, and wombats.’
  • 29) ‘Rabbits and opossums, which were okayed by the Government of the time, have had an enormous and destructive impact on our environment.’
  • 30) ‘As well as performing amazing movement-restoring surgery on spine damaged opossums, Dr Norman Sauders has built a sailing simulator which he'll be demonstrating at the Sydney Boat Show in August.’
  • 31) ‘I remember looking at some work being done in Tasmania, on opossums who were very, very young.’
  • 32) ‘A scrawny opossum foraged along the road, scampering toward the woods when I tried to take its picture.’


  • 1) Whatever had run under the picnic table was probably a possum.
  • 2) He regained his balance and then retreated to his post beside the door, curling into himself like a wounded possum.
  • 3) `They've told him," said Sloan, `that she's played possum all the while there too.
  • 4) I think possum is correct in saying that the problem isn't that NASA can't estimate costs, its that the project managers will run three cost models and pick the one that they want, instead of going with the high one. (or at least justifying - with analysis - why the high model is wrong)
  • 5) September 10, 2008 at 11:09 am 9. The word possum,in some parts of the universe,is actually the most horrible insult ever known.
  • 6) It's a first person account of adopting a possum from a possum rescue organization.
  • 7) The girls passed on along the road below, uninterested in chestnuts and "'possum" - grapes; but the boys following them ( 'Lige and some of his supporters) ran up to have a look.
  • 8) There is one other creature in the world which does this, and that is the long-fingered possum, which is found in New Guinea.
  • 9) The cartoon represented an old colored man who saw an opossum in a tree close to his house; he was so elated over the idea of possum and sweet potatoes that he climbed the tree.
  • 10) The possum is a strange creature, having a pouch to shelter her young ones.
  • 11) The collective claims VicForests is illegally cutting down old trees in the area and threatening the habitat of the endangered Leadbeater's possum, which is one of Victoria's emblems.
  • 12) The opossum, colloquially known as a possum, is about the size of a domestic cat.
  • 13) A common misconception about the opossum is that it is the same animal as the possum, which is actually a completely different animal from the family
  • 14) ‘It is what we, as carers of koalas, birds, possums, macropods (wallabies, kangaroos etc.) and other wildlife carers are trained to do.’
  • 15) ‘Maybe you would see koalas, wombats, echidnas, brush tail and ring tail possums and emus if you're lucky.’
  • 16) ‘In Tasmania we have such a huge amount of wildlife: brush tail possums, all sorts of animals that at a glimpse, at a distance in poor light or whatever, can appear to be a fox.’
  • 17) ‘The Plaintiff has a licence to take and hold brush tail possums from the Department of Parks Wildlife and Heritage in Tasmania.’
  • 18) ‘It is also my first chance to see the wonderfully unique wildlife here; kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, pademelons, possums, and various unique birds.’
  • 19) ‘There are a variety of possums, early kangaroos, koalas, wombats and quolls, as well as marsupial groups that are now completely extinct.’
  • 20) ‘The challenge, therefore, was to vaccinate the nocturnal, tree-dwelling possums.’
  • 21) ‘The main predators which are depleting the bird population in native forest are possums, stoats, rats and mice.’
  • 22) ‘We've got tiny little radios that we can put on the honey possums now.’
  • 23) ‘Like these bats, honey possums feed by probing flowers with their tongues.’
  • 24) ‘The last honey possum collected in the Perth metro area was in Shenton Park in 1941.’
  • 25) ‘The model in the center wears a possum fur coat to complete the look.’
  • 26) ‘Only through world wide marketing of possum fur products can this pest be safely controlled.’
  • 27) ‘Many of these products come with a label that reads, " Thank you for buying possum fur.’
  • 28) ‘I followed his gaze and there on the eave of the neighbor's house sat a fat possum.’
  • 29) ‘A large fat possum was caught in bright blue light, hissed and ran up the nearest tree.’
  • 30) ‘Leonie Lamont found a dead possum in the car park which had fallen out of its tree overnight.’
  • 31) ‘The Plaintiff acquires brush tail possums - which are harvested in this State.’
  • 32) ‘possum populations have been drastically reduced, resulting in significant improvements in forest health.’
  • 33) ‘No, the aim is not to decimate the possum population.’
  • 34) We saw possums on the tree last night

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