marsupium

[ mahr-soo-pee-uh m ]
/ mɑrˈsu pi əm /
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noun, plural mar·su·pi·a [mahr-soo-pee-uh] /mɑrˈsu pi ə/.

the pouch or fold of skin on the abdomen of a female marsupial.

Nearby words

  1. marsupial,
  2. marsupial bone,
  3. marsupial mole,
  4. marsupial mouse,
  5. marsupialization,
  6. marsyas,
  7. mart,
  8. marta,
  9. martaban,
  10. martaban, gulf of

Origin of marsupium

1690–1700; < New Latin, variant of Latin marsuppium pouch, purse < Greek marsýppion, diminutive of mársippos a bag, pouch

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British Dictionary definitions for marsupium

marsupium

/ (mɑːˈsjuːpɪəm, -ˈsuː-) /

noun plural -pia (-pɪə)

an external pouch in most female marsupials within which the newly born offspring are suckled and complete their development

Word Origin for marsupium

C17: New Latin, from Latin: purse, from Greek marsupion, diminutive of marsipos

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