Opossum

O*pos"sum

(?), n. [Of N. American Indian origin.] (Zol.) Any American marsupial of the genera Didelphys and Chironectes; called also possum. The common species of the United States is Didelphys Virginiana.
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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.
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Opossum mouse. (Zol.) See Flying mouse, under Flying. -- Opossum shrimp (Zol.), any schizopod crustacean of the genus Mysis and allied genera. See Schizopoda.
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