opossum opossum  /oʊ ˈpɑ səm/


  1. (n) small furry Australian arboreal marsupials having long usually prehensile tails
  2. (n) nocturnal arboreal marsupial having a naked prehensile tail found from southern North America to northern South America



  1. The opossum was chosen because it is a unique animal.
  2. The word was possum, preceded by a grunt, hence the opossum.
  3. Headmaster Slack was the opossum.


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  1. "The opossum genome occupies a unique position on the tree of life. This analysis fills a crucial gap in our understanding of how mammalian genomes, including our own, have evolved over millions of years," said NHGRI Director Francis S. Collins,...
    on May 9, 2007 By: Francis Collins Source: National Institutes of Health (press release)

  2. "The opossum is a wonderful comparison to the human," said Eric Lander, director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which led the sequencing project.
    on May 10, 2007 By: Eric Lander Source: National Geographic

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