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pos·sum / ˈpäsəm/ • n. 1. inf. an opossum. 2. a tree-dwelling Australasian marsupial (Petauridae and other families) that typically has a prehensile tail. PHRASES: play possum 1. pretend to be asleep or unconscious when threatened (in imitation of an opossum’s behavior). 2. feign ignorance.

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Possum

Possum (poss-ŭm) n. a device that enables severely paralysed patients to use typewriters, telephones, and other machines. Modern Possums are operated by micro-switches that require only the slightest movement in any limb. The name derives from Patient-Operated Selector Mechanism (POSM).

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possum

possum Aphetic of OPOSSUM; now esp. in colloq. phr. (orig. U.S.) play p. pretend to be disabled, with ref. to the opossum's feigning death when attacked. XVII.

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possum

possum Popular name for any of the phalangers of Australasia. The term is also a US word for the opossum.

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possum

possum See PHALANGERIDAE.

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