possum

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possum

a member of the family Phalangeridae, of marsupials. Insectivorous and frugiferous these squirrel-like animals have a beautiful dense fur and a prehensile tail. There are a number of species including brush-tailed possum (Trichosurus spp.), ring-tailed possum (Pseudochirus spp.), phalangers or gliding possums (Petaurus spp.).
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I thought he was playing possum and that's what he was doing.
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