from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An external pouch or fold on the abdomen of most female marsupials, containing the mammary glands and in which the young continue to develop after leaving the uterus.
- n. A temporary egg pouch in various fishes and crustaceans.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The external pouch in which female marsupials rear and feed the young
- n. A brood pouch in some fishes, crustaceans and insects in the family Monophlebidae
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The pouch, formed by a fold of the skin of the abdomen, in which marsupials carry their young; also, a pouch for similar use in other animals, as certain Crustacea.
- n. The pecten in the eye of birds and reptiles. See pecten.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman antiquity, a purse of the kind usually borne in the hand of Mercury, and indicating his character as god of gain.
- n. In medicine, a sack or bag in which any part of the body is fomented.
- n. In zoology, a purse- or pouch-like receptacle for the eggs or young, more external than any of the proper organs of gestation; a brood-pouch of any kind.
- n. In anatomy, the alar ligaments (which see, under alar).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an external abdominal pouch in most marsupials where newborn offspring are suckled
Late Latin marsūpium, pouch, from Latin marsīpium, marsuppium, from Greek marsippion, marsuppion, diminutive of marsippos, marsuppos, purse, perhaps of Iranian origin; akin to Avestan marsū-, belly, paunch.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin marsūpium, from Ancient Greek μαρσίππιον (marsippion), diminutive of μάρσιπος (marsipos, "pouch"), perhaps of Oriental origin. (Wiktionary)