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metatherian

[ met-uh-theer-ee-uhn ]
/ ˌmɛt əˈθɪər i ən /
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adjective

belonging or pertaining to the group Metatheria, comprising the marsupial mammals.

noun

a metatherian animal.

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Origin of metatherian

1875–80; <New Latin Metatheri(a) name of the group (<Greek meta-meta- + thēría, plural of thēríon animal) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for metatherian

metatherian
/ (ˌmɛtəˈθɪərɪən) /

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Metatheria, a subclass of mammals comprising the marsupials

noun

any metatherian mammal; a marsupial

Word Origin for metatherian

C19: from New Latin, from meta- + Greek thērion animal
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