Definition of 'possum'


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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. 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

Other users have misspelling possum as:

1. possam 18.9%

2. passam 14.17%

3. polsham 12.6%

4. possuem 11.81%

5. pasom 1.57%

6. Other 40.95%

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