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Opossum

Opossum

The opossums, also known by their scientific name Didelphimorphia, make up the largest order of marsupials in the Western Hemisphere, including 103 or more species in 19 genera. They are also commonly called possums, particularly in the southern United States, although that term also refers to Australian animals of the suborder Phalangeriformes. The word "opossum" is borrowed from the Virginia Algonquian language, and was first recorded between 1607 and 1611 by the Jamestown colonists John Smith and William Strachey. The word ultimately derives from the Proto-Algonquian word *wa˙p- aʔθemw, meaning "white dog" or "white beast/animal". Their unspecialized ... more on Wikipedia

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