- The definition of a marsupial is a type of mammal where babies are born before they are fully developed and then continue to grow in a pouch on their mother's stomach.
A kangaroo is an example of a marsupial.
A kangaroo is a marsupial.
marsupial definition by Webster's New World
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- of or like a marsupium, or pouch
- of a superorder (Marsupialia) of mammals that lack a placenta and have an external abdominal pouch (marsupium) containing the teats: the incompletely developed offspring nurses within this pouch for several months after birth to complete its development
an animal of this kind, as a kangaroo, opossum, or wombat
marsupial definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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Any of various nonplacental mammals of the order Marsupialia, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.adjective
- Of or belonging to the order Marsupialia.
- Of or relating to a marsupium.
Origin: From marsupium.
marsupial - Science Definition
Any of various mammals of the order Marsupialia, whose young are very undeveloped when born and continue developing outside their mother's body attached to one of her nipples. Most marsupials have longer hindlegs than forelimbs, and the females usually have pouches in which they carry their young. Kangaroos, opossums, and koalas are marsupials.