marsupial

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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.

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marsupial (plural marsupials)

  1. 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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marsupial (comparative more marsupial, superlative most marsupial)

  1. Of or pertaining to a marsupial.
    • 1892, The American naturalist‎, page 125:
      Showing that this animal is marsupial, consists of the following characters.
    • 1952, The Motor‎, page 520:
      It seemed to me, meandering around Earls Court, that motors should be more marsupial.
    • 2002, Fiction Fix: First Injection, page 58:
      But there's this pouch just below my belly button, very marsupial, where the kangaroo lives.
  2. (anatomy) Of or relating to a marsupium.
    the marsupial bones

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marsupial m (plural marsupials)

  1. marsupial

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marsupial m (plural marsupiaux)

  1. marsupial

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EtymologyEdit

From New Latin marsūpialis, from Latin marsūpium "pouch", from Ancient Greek μαρσίππιον (marsippion). More at marsupio.

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marsupial m, f (plural marsupiales)

  1. marsupial

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marsupial m (plural marsupiales)

  1. marsupial

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