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"marsupial" in British English

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marsupialnoun [C]

uk   /mɑːˈsuː.pi.əl/  us   /mɑːr-/
a ​type of ​mammal from ​Australasia or ​South or Central ​America that is not ​completelydeveloped when it is ​born and is ​carried around in a pouch (= a ​bodypart like a ​pocket) on the mother's ​body, where it is ​fed and ​protected until it is ​completelydeveloped: Marsupials ​includekoalas, ​possums, and ​kangaroos.

marsupialadjective

uk   /mɑːˈsuː.pi.əl/  us   /mɑːr-/ specialized
giving ​birth to ​young that are not ​completelydeveloped when they are ​born, and that are ​carried and ​fed in a pouch on the mother's ​body: The ​studyshedslight on the ​geneticdifferences between placental and marsupial ​mammals.
(Definition of marsupial from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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marsupialnoun [C]

 /mɑrˈsu·pi·əl/
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 ​completelydeveloped 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)
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