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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Possum \Pos"sum\, n. [Shortened from opossum.] (Zool.) An opossum. [Colloq. U. S.] [1913 Webster] To play possum, To act possum, to feign ignorance, indifference or inattention, with the intent to deceive; to dissemble; -- in allusion to the habit of the opossum, which feigns death when attacked or alarmed. [1913 Webster]