noun, plural o·pos·sums, (especially collectively) o·pos·sum.
Origin of opossum
Examples from the Web for opossum
A Bear, a Fox, and an Opossum were attacked by an inundation.Fantastic Fables|Ambrose Bierce
On January 15, 1950, an owl attacked an opossum caught in a live-trap.
The opossum runs in a very curious manner, moving both limbs of the same side together.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History|Theodore Wood
It is a smaller animal than the opossum, aquatic in its habits, and in fact approaches nearer to the family of the water-rats.Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found|Mayne Reid
A poor devil of a monkey, that you could knock over with a bit of a stick; as easily as you could kill an opossum.The Tiger Hunter|Mayne Reid
noun plural -sums or -sum
Word Origin for opossum
1610, from Powhatan (Algonquian) opassum, "equivalent to a proto-Algonquian term meaning 'white dog'" [Bright].