Definition of “marsupial” - English Dictionary

“marsupial” in British English

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marsupialnoun [ C ]

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

a type of mammal from Australasia or South or Central America that is not completely developed when it is born and is carried around in a pouch (= a body part like a pocket) on the mother's body, where it is fed and protected until it is completely developed:

Marsupials include koalas, possums, and kangaroos.

marsupialadjective

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 ]

/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 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)