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metatherian

[met-uh-theer-ee-uh n]
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adjective
  1. belonging or pertaining to the group Metatheria, comprising the marsupial mammals.
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noun
  1. 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

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Metatheria, a subclass of mammals comprising the marsupials
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noun
  1. any metatherian mammal; a marsupial
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Word Origin

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