One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An opossum of the South American genus Monodelphis (family Didelphidae), having a short tail and an undeveloped marsupial pouch.
2A marsupial mouse; specifically Dasyuroides byrnei, which has a bushy tail and is found in Australian deserts and grassland.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Henry Walter Bates (1825–1892), naturalist.
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