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Opossum / Possum

China fù shǔ
Opossum / Possum

負鼠 is the name for Opossum (aphesis spelling: Possum) in Chinese.

The first character means "carries" and refers to the marsupial pouch. The second character means "rat." You could say the literal translation is "marsupial rat."

Chinese opossums vary from the North American variety. Using the two characters shown here may suggest the species native to China.


See Also:  Year of the Rat

North American Opossum / Possum

China běi měi fù shǔ
North American Opossum / Possum

北美負鼠 is the full title for North American Opossum (aphesis spelling: Possum). The first two characters mean "North American" as an adjective. The third character means "carries" and refers to the marsupial pouch. The last character means "rat." You could say the literal translation is "marsupial rat."

Chinese opossums vary from the North American variety. If you were to use the last two characters alone, it may suggest the species native to China.


See Also:  Year of the Rat

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersVarious forms of Romanized Chinese
Opossum
Possum
負鼠
负鼠
fù shǔ / fu4 shu3 / fu shu / fushu
North American Opossum
Possum
北美負鼠
北美负鼠
běi měi fù shǔ
bei3 mei3 fu4 shu3
bei mei fu shu
beimeifushu
pei mei fu shu
peimeifushu
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.



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