Origin of opossum; from Amerindian (Algonquian) name, literally , white beast
nounpl. opossum or o·pos·sums
- 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. See Note at tater.
- A possum of Australia and adjacent islands.
Origin of opossumVirginia Algonquian.
adult female opossum, Didelphis virginiana, transporting offspring on her back