Meaning of “marsupial” in the English Dictionary

"marsupial" in British English

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marsupialnoun [ C ]

uk /mɑːˈsuː.pi.əl/ us /mɑːrˈsuː.pi.əl/


uk /mɑːˈsuː.pi.əl/ us /mɑːr-/ specialized

giving birth to young that are not completely developed when they are born, and that are carried and fed in a pouch on the mother's body:

The study sheds light on the genetic differences between placental and marsupial mammals.

(Definition of “marsupial” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"marsupial" in American English

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marsupialnoun [ C ]


biology a type of mammal from Australia, New Zealand, and other islands in the South Pacific, or from South or Central America which is not completely developed when it is born and is carried around in a pocket on the mother's body

(Definition of “marsupial” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)