noun, plural o·pos·sums, (especially collectively) o·pos·sum.
Origin of opossum
Examples from the Web for opossum
Historical Examples of opossum
A little higher in the scale stand the kangaroo and the opossum.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
Among mammals, the best-known example is probably the Opossum.The Industries of Animals
The opossum is famous for carrying its young in a pouch in front of the body.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
It had a gray coat, and a tapering muzzle like that of an opossum.Adventures of a Young Naturalist
The next day, to our great satisfaction, the Opossum hove in sight.Salt Water
W. H. G. Kingston
noun plural -sums or -sum
Word Origin for opossum
1610, from Powhatan (Algonquian) opassum, "equivalent to a proto-Algonquian term meaning 'white dog'" [Bright].