metatherian

[met-uh-theer-ee-uh n]
noun
  1. a metatherian animal.

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
noun
  1. any metatherian mammal; a marsupial

Word Origin for metatherian

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