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mar·su·pi·al

 (mär-so͞o′pē-əl)
n.
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.
adj.
1. Of or belonging to the infraclass Metatheria.
2. Relating to or having a marsupium.

[From marsupium.]

marsupial

(mɑːˈsjuːpɪəl; -ˈsuː-)
n
(Animals) any mammal of the order Marsupialia, in which the young are born in an immature state and continue development in the marsupium. The order occurs mainly in Australia and South and Central America and includes the opossums, bandicoots, koala, wombats, and kangaroos
adj
1. (Zoology) of, relating to, or belonging to the Marsupialia
2. (Zoology) of or relating to a marsupium
[C17: see marsupium]
marsupialian, marˈsupian n, adj

mar•su•pi•al

(mɑrˈsu pi əl)
n.
1. any animal of the order Marsupialia, comprising mammals having no placenta and bearing immature young that complete their development in a pouch on the mother's abdomen: opossums, kangaroos, and others.
adj.
2. pertaining to, resembling, or having a marsupium.
3. of or pertaining to the marsupials.
[1690–1700; < New Latin marsupiālis pertaining to a pouch]

mar·su·pi·al

(mär-so͞o′pē-əl)
Any of various mammals 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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.marsupial - mammals of which the females have a pouch (the marsupium) containing the teats where the young are fed and carriedmarsupial - mammals of which the females have a pouch (the marsupium) containing the teats where the young are fed and carried
metatherian - primitive pouched mammals found mainly in Australia and the Americas
Marsupialia, order Marsupialia - coextensive with the subclass Metatheria
possum, opossum - nocturnal arboreal marsupial having a naked prehensile tail found from southern North America to northern South America
opossum rat - terrestrial marsupials of southern South America that resemble shrews
bandicoot - any of various agile ratlike terrestrial marsupials of Australia and adjacent islands; insectivorous and herbivorous
kangaroo - any of several herbivorous leaping marsupials of Australia and New Guinea having large powerful hind legs and a long thick tail
opossum, phalanger, possum - small furry Australian arboreal marsupials having long usually prehensile tails
wombat - burrowing herbivorous Australian marsupials about the size of a badger
dasyurid, dasyurid marsupial - small carnivorous nocturnal marsupials of Australia and Tasmania
marsupial mole, Notoryctus typhlops, pouched mole - small burrowing Australian marsupial that resembles a mole
Adj.1.marsupial - of or relating to the marsupials; "marsupial animals"

marsupial

Marsupials

bandicoot, bilby, rabbit bandicoot, or dalgyte, boongary, burramys, cuscus, dasyure, flying phalanger or glider, honey mouse or phalanger, kangaroo, koala (bear) or (Austral.) native bear, marsupial mole, marsupial mouse, opossum or possum, pademelon or paddymelon, quokka, rat kangaroo, sugar glider, tammar, Tasmanian devil, thylacine, Tasmanian wolf, or Tasmanian tiger, tree kangaroo, tuan, wallaby, wallaroo, wombat, yapok
Translations
جِرابي، حيوان من الجِرابيّات
vačnatecvačnatý
pungdyr
pussieläin
erszényes
pokadÿr
marsupial
sterblinis
somainis
vačkatecvačkatý
keseli
thú có túi

marsupial

[mɑːˈsuːpɪəl]
A. ADJmarsupial
B. Nmarsupial m

marsupial

[mɑːrˈsjuːpiəl mɑːrˈsuːpɪəl]
nmarsupial m
adjmarsupial(e)

marsupial

adj marsupial animalBeuteltier nt
nBeuteltier nt

marsupial

[mɑːˈsuːpɪəl] adj & nmarsupiale (m)

marsupial

(maːˈsjuːpiəl) noun, adjective
(an animal) having a pouch in which to carry its young. The kangaroo is a marsupial.
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This relationship is shown wonderfully -- as wonderfully as between the fossil and extinct Marsupial animals of Australia -- by the great collection lately brought to Europe from the caves of Brazil by MM.
he has no reverence for the Marsupials, and laughs at our way of carrying our young in a pouch.
It may be doubted, for instance, whether the Australian marsupials, which are divided into groups differing but little from each other, and feebly representing, as Mr.
cried a short-tempered small diurnal Australian marsupial named Nancy.
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Scientists have discovered fossils of marsupial lions, kangaroos as tall as lorries and wombats the size of present-day rhinos in deep caves in the Nullarbor desert, east of Perth.
She brought along tree frogs, mice, a sugar glider - a type of marsupial, a bearded dragon, a tarantula and a corn snake for children to meet.
On This Day: 1906: An Australian wombat, who was the oldest known marsupial, died at London Zoo.