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Didelphis virginiana

  • n  omnivorous opossum of the eastern United States; noted for feigning death when in danger; esteemed as food in some areas; considered same species as the crab-eating opossum of South America
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  • Opossum among the oldest mammals in the world
    The Virginia opossum is the only marsupial in North America, with opossum worldwide being among the oldest and most primitive mammals in the world. The scientific name for the Virginia opossum is Didelphis virginiana.
    Dec. 28, 2013 - Lancaster Eagle-Gazette

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