possum etymology

English word possum comes from English apheresis

Detailed word origin of possum

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apheresis English (eng) (linguistics, prosody) Elision, suppression, or complete loss of a letter or sound (syllable) from the beginning of a word, such as the development of special from especial; procope.. (medicine, general, obsolete) Extirpation or extraction of a superfluity (especially a pathological one) from the body, especially blood.. (medicine, specific, still current) The removal of blood from a [...]
possum English (eng) (US) An opossum, a marsupial of the family Didelphidae of the Americas.. Any of the marsupials in several families of the order Diprotodontia of Australia and neighboring islands.