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opossum

noun [C] uk   /əˈpɒs.əm/ us    /-ˈpɑː.səm/
US informal (also possum) a small American marsupial that lives in trees and has thick fur, a long nose, and a tail without furWild mammalsHumans, apes and monkeysFelines (cats)Canines (dogs)Deer and antelopeRodents and similar animalsMarine mammals
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