marsupium [mahr-soo-pee-uh m] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN 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.

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  • Origin of marsupium 1690–1700; New Latin, variant of Latin marsuppium pouch, purse Greek marsýppion, diminutive of mársippos a bag, pouch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for marsupium Historical Examples of marsupium

  • Name a diminutive of marsupium, a pouch, from the form of the perianth.

    The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States

    Asa Gray

  • That there is more than one pouch makes a comparison with the mammary pouch rather than with the marsupium probable.

    The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia

    Frank Evers Beddard

  • Mammals belonging to quite different Orders show traces more or less marked of a marsupium.

    The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia

    Frank Evers Beddard

  • These are distinguished by the possession of a permanent nursery-pocket, the “marsupium.”

    Stories of the Universe: Animal Life

    B. Lindsay

  • These bones however have no connection with the marsupium, being nearly equally developed in both male and female.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • British Dictionary definitions for marsupium marsupium 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 Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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