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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
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
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|North American Opossum|
|běi měi fù shǔ|
bei3 mei3 fu4 shu3
bei mei fu shu
|pei mei fu shu
|fù shǔ / fu4 shu3 / fu shu / fushu|
|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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