American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various nonplacental mammals of the order Marsupialia, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.
- adj. Of or belonging to the order Marsupialia.
- adj. Of or relating to a marsupium.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the character of a bag, pouch, or marsupium; marsupiate.
- Of or pertaining to a marsupium: as, marsupial bones.
- Provided with a marsupium; specifically, pertaining to the Marsupialia, or having their characters.
- n. A member of the order Marsupialia; any implacental didelphian mammal. Also called marsupiate.
- n. 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.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a marsupial.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) Having a pouch for carrying the immature young; of or pertaining to the Marsupialia.
- adj. (Anat. & Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to a marsupium.
- n. (Zoöl.) One of the Marsupialia.
- adj. of or relating to the marsupials
- n. mammals of which the females have a pouch (the marsupium) containing the teats where the young are fed and carried
- 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. (Wiktionary)
- From marsupium. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But there is almost like what we call a marsupial pouch kind of like a kangaroo's pouch where there's no shear whatsoever.”
“This marsupial is only very distantly related to the American Opossum.”
“I think I have an obvious solution: looking at skulls that are neither the wolf or its so-called marsupial “equivalent.””
“The thylacine has been variously described as a "marsupial wolf" or a "Tasmanian tiger".”
“I am like some kind of marsupial with one kid strapped to my chest or hanging of my leg.”
“I have really determined that, unless I grow some kind of marsupial pouch, I'm never leaving the house without at least one pocket in whatever I'm wearing.”
“They are then transferred to a kind of marsupial pouch, analogous to that of the kangaroo, where their development proceeds.”
“The Axel rover system being developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion System could be used as a "marsupial" rover.”
“Central to the debate has been the demise of the Australian megafauna, including animals such as marsupial lions, hippopotamus-sized wombats and the 2m-tall giant kangaroo Procoptodon goliah.”
“Then, Ken Ausley asked students to find the word "marsupial" in their dictionary and see who could be the first to tell him what it meant.”
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