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marsupial

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adjective mar·su·pi·al \mär-ˈsü-pē-əl\

Definition of marsupial

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or being a marsupial

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or forming a marsupium

Origin and Etymology of marsupial

borrowed from New Latin marsūpiālis — more at 2marsupial


First Known Use: 1819


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marsupial

noun mar·su·pi·al

Definition of marsupial

  1. :  any of an order (Marsupialia) of mammals comprising kangaroos, wombats, bandicoots, opossums, and related animals that do not develop a true placenta and that usually have a pouch on the abdomen of the female which covers the teats and serves to carry the young

Origin and Etymology of marsupial

from the base of New Latin Marsupialia, order name, from neuter plural of marsūpiālis “of a pouch,” from marsūpium “pouch, marsupium” + -ālis 1-al


First Known Use: 1805


MARSUPIAL Defined for English Language Learners

marsupial

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Definition of marsupial for English Language Learners

  • : a type of animal (such as a kangaroo or an opossum) that carries its babies in a pocket of skin on the mother's stomach


MARSUPIAL Defined for Kids

marsupial

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noun mar·su·pi·al \mär-ˈsü-pē-əl\

Definition of marsupial for Students

  1. :  a mammal (as a kangaroo or opossum) that does not develop a true placenta and usually has a pouch on the female's abdomen in which the young develop and are carried


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