AskDefine | Define marsupium

Dictionary Definition

marsupium n : an external abdominal pouch in most marsupials where newborn offspring are suckled [also: marsupia (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary



Latin marsupium, from Greek marsypion, diminutive of marsypos "pouch," perhaps of oriental origin.


  1. The external pouch in which female marsupials rear and feed the young
  2. A brood pouch in some fishes and crustaceans


Extensive Definition

A marsupium is the Latin word for a (brood) pouch in several animal groups.
marsupium in French: marsupium
marsupium in Dutch: Marsupium
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