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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

1819

First Known Use of marsupial

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

New Latin Marsupialia, from marsupium


First Known Use: circa 1835


MARSUPIAL Defined for English Language Learners


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marsupial

noun mar·su·pi·al

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


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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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