therian

noun

the·​ri·​an ˈthir-ē-ən How to pronounce therian (audio)
: any of a subclass (Theria) of mammals comprising the marsupials and the placental mammals
therian adjective

Word History

Etymology

New Latin Theria, from Greek thēria, plural of therion wild animal — more at treacle

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of therian was in 1962

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Cite this Entry

“Therian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/therian. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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