Marsupial meaning

mär-so͝opē-əl
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An animal of this kind, as a kangaroo, opossum, or wombat.
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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.

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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.
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Relating to or having a marsupium.
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Of or like a marsupium, or pouch.
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Of or belonging to the infraclass Metatheria.
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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.
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Of or belonging to the infraclass Metatheria.
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Relating to or having a marsupium.
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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.
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A mammal of which the female has a pouch in which it rears its young, which are born immature, through early infancy, such as the kangaroo or koala, or else pouchless members of the Marsupialia like the shrew opposum.
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Of or pertaining to a marsupial.
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(anatomy) Of or relating to a marsupium.

The marsupial bones.

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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.
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Origin of marsupial

  • From marsupium

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin marsupium, marsuppium (“pouch, purse"), from Ancient Greek μαρσύπιον (marsupion) or μαρσύππιον (marsuppion), variants of μαρσίππιον (marsippion), diminutive of μάρσιππος (marsippos, “bag, pouch"); with English -al.

    From Wiktionary