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[mahr-soo-pee-uh m] /mɑrˈsu pi əm/
noun, plural marsupia
[mahr-soo-pee-uh] /mɑrˈsu pi ə/ (Show IPA)
the pouch or fold of skin on the abdomen of a female marsupial.
Origin of marsupium
1690-1700; < New Latin, variant of Latin marsuppium pouch, purse < Greek marsýppion, diminutive of mársippos a bag, pouch Unabridged
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/mɑːˈsjuːpɪəm; -ˈsuː-/
noun (pl) -pia (-pɪə)
an external pouch in most female marsupials within which the newly born offspring are suckled and complete their development
Word Origin
C17: New Latin, from Latin: purse, from Greek marsupion, diminutive of marsipos
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