marsupium

[mahr-soo-pee-uhm]
noun, plural marsupia [mahr-soo-pee-uh] .
the pouch or fold of skin on the abdomen of a female marsupial.

Origin:
1690–1700; < Neo-Latin, variant of Latin marsuppium pouch, purse < Greek marsýppion, diminutive of mársippos a bag, pouch

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To marsupium
Collins
World English Dictionary
marsupium (mɑːˈsjuːpɪəm, -ˈsuː-)
 
n , pl -pia
an external pouch in most female marsupials within which the newly born offspring are suckled and complete their development
 
[C17: New Latin, from Latin: purse, from Greek marsupion, diminutive of marsipos]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Example sentences
The eggs are then fertilized in the water tubes within the marsupium.
Females immediately release eggs into the marsupium, where they are fertilized.
They utilize a discreet portion of the outer pair of gills as a marsupium.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;