- 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 marsūpium pouch from Latin marsīpium, marsuppium from Greek marsippion, marsuppion diminutive of marsippos, marsuppos purse perhaps of Iranian origin Avestan marsū- 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.