Definition of marsupial noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//mɑːˈsuːpiəl//
; NAmE NAmE//mɑːrˈsuːpiəl//
Wild mammals
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any animal that carries its young in a pocket of skin (called a pouch) on the mother’s stomach. Kangaroos and koalas are marsupials. See related entries: Wild mammals Word Originlate 17th cent. (in the sense ‘resembling a pouch’): from modern Latin marsupialis, via Latin from Greek marsupion ‘pouch’, diminutive of marsipos ‘purse’.

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