- a fold of skin on the abdomen of a female marsupial, forming a pouch in which the newborn young are carried
- a structure like this, in some crustaceans, fishes, etc.
Origin of marsupiumModern Latin ; from Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek marsypion, diminutive of marsypos, pouch, bag
- An external pouch or fold on the abdomen of most female marsupials, containing the mammary glands and in which the young continue to develop after leaving the uterus.
- A temporary pouch in certain fishes, amphibians, and invertebrates in which eggs are carried until hatched. Also called brood pouch.
Origin of marsupiumLate Latin mars&umacron;pium, pouch, from Latin mars&imacron;pium, marsuppium, from Greek marsippion, marsuppion, diminutive of marsippos, marsuppos, purse, perhaps of Iranian origin; akin to Avestan mars&umacron;-, belly, paunch.
Latin marsÅ«pium, from Ancient Greek Î¼Î±ÏÏƒÎ¯Ï€Ï€Î¹Î¿Î½ (marsippion), diminutive of Î¼Î¬ÏÏƒÎ¹Ï€Î¿Ï‚ (marsipos, “pouch"), perhaps of Oriental origin.