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adj. of or pertaining to the order Marsupialia; having a pouch like that of a marsupial animal (Zoology)
n. any mammal of the order Marsupialia (mostly found in Australia); animal which carries and nurses its offspring in a pouch (Zoology)
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Marsupials are an infraclass of mammals living primarily in the Southern Hemisphere and carrying their young in a pouch. Well-known marsupials include kangaroos, koalas, possums, opossums, wombats and the Tasmanian devil. Marsupials represent the clade originating with the last common ancestor of extant metatherians. Like other mammals in the Metatheria, they are characterized by giving birth to relatively undeveloped young, often residing in a pouch with the parent for a certain time after birth. Close to 70% of the 334 extant species occur in Australia, New Guinea, and nearby islands, with the remaining 100 found in the Americas, primarily in South America, but with thirteen in Central America, and one in North America, north of Mexico.
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1. mammals of which the females have a pouch (the marsupium) containing the teats where the young are fed and carried
(synonym) pouched mammal
(hyponym) opossum, possum
(member-holonym) Marsupialia, order Marsupialia
1. of or relating to the marsupials; "marsupial animals"
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adj. marsupial, having a pouch like that of a Marsupial animal (Zoology)
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adj. marsupial, of or pertaining to the order Marsupialia; having a pouch like that of a marsupial animal (Zoology)
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