marsupial[mär so̵̅o̅′pē əl]
A kangaroo is a marsupial.
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.
- 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
Any of various nonplacental mammals of the infraclass Metatheria, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas, and typically bearing young that suckle and develop after birth in the mother's pouch. These species were formerly placed in the order Marsupialia.
- Of or belonging to the infraclass Metatheria.
- Relating to or having a marsupium.
Origin of marsupialFrom marsupium.
(comparative more marsupial, superlative most marsupial)
- Of or pertaining to a marsupial.
- (anatomy) Of or relating to a marsupium.
- the marsupial bones