marsupial

Definitions

  • ADVANTAGES OF MARSUPIALISM
    ADVANTAGES OF MARSUPIALISM
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj marsupial of or relating to the marsupials "marsupial animals"
    • n marsupial mammals of which the females have a pouch (the marsupium) containing the teats where the young are fed and carried
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Sumatra, workers on coffee plantations gather the world's most expensive coffee by following a gourmet marsupial who consumes only the choicest coffee beans. By picking through what he excretes, they obtain the world's most expensive coffee -'Kopi Luwak', which sells for over $100 per pound.
    • Marsupial (Zoöl) Having a pouch for carrying the immature young; of or pertaining to the Marsupialia.
    • Marsupial (Anat. & Zoöl) Of or pertaining to a marsupium; as, the marsupial bones.
    • n marsupial (Zoöl) One of the Marsupialia.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The world's costliest coffee, at $130 a pound , is called Kopi Luwak. It is in the droppings of a type of marsupial that eats only the very best coffee beans. Plantation workers track them and scoop their precious poop.
    • marsupial Having the character of a bag, pouch, or marsupium; marsupiate.
    • marsupial Of or pertaining to a marsupium: as, marsupial bones.
    • marsupial Provided with a marsupium; specifically, pertaining to the Marsupialia, or having their characters.
    • n marsupial A member of the order Marsupialia; any implacental didelphian mammal. Also called marsupiate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Marsupial mär-sū′pi-al carrying young in a pouch
    • n Marsupial a marsupial animal, as the opossum or the kangaroo
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. marsupial,

Usage

In literature:

The marsupial animals bring forth their young before they are fully developed.
"Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found" by Mayne Reid
Australia is the great metropolis of the marsupial animals.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
There are numerous species of opossum, most of them marsupial, in the Brazils, where they take the place of the shrews of Europe.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
The Tasmanian devil is a marsupial somewhat akin to the wild cat, and of about the same size.
"Peeps At Many Lands: Australia" by Frank Fox
Then we divide Theriogoea into (1) the land of Marsupials (Australia) and (2) the land of Placentals (the rest of the world).
"More Science From an Easy Chair" by Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
Your senseless, everlasting grin, your squatting monkey shape, Proclaim your Ma marsupial, your ancestor an ape!
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, May 27, 1893" by Various
We also find here four families of Marsupials, all totally unknown in the western islands.
"Island Life" by Alfred Russel Wallace
Marsupial animals, distribution of, 633.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
Some of the early Eocene mammalia are either marsupials, or closely related to them.
"The Geological Story of the Isle of Wight" by J. Cecil Hughes
From marsupial animals, marsupials will issue; from placental ones, those that are placental.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
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In poetry:

My words were soft and gentle, and none could have discerned
How, beneath my calm demeanour, volcanic fury burned.
And my cousin straight consented, as his wine he slowly sipped,
To see the gay Marsupial and the gloomy Eucalypt.
"My Cousin From Pall Mall" by Arthur Patchett Martin

In news:

All Blogs Outside The Frame Psychic marsupial calls the Oscars.
Florida's only marsupial is fascinating study.
Florida's only marsupial - are about the size of house cats with a pouch they carry their young in.
Possums — Florida's only marsupial — are about the size of house cats with a pouch they carry their young in.
What a Well-Dressed Marsupial Wears.
Ecoplan, together with the national Cooperative Research Centre for Conservation and Management of Marsupials , has been contracted by the Victorian state government to help solve the Snake Island koala problem.
Murphy, " Marsupial and Shape-Shifting Robots for Urban Search and Rescue," IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol 15, no.
Marsupial and Shape-Shifting Robots for Urban Search and Rescue IS - 2 SN - 1094-7167 SP14 EP19 EPD - 14-19 A1.
A four-legged marsupial caused quite a scare on a Manhattan-bound D train last week.
La Dallman's Marsupial Bridge, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The Looney Tunes character Taz - a whirling, growling rival to Bugs Bunny - is based on the Australian marsupial, which is being threatened by contagious cancer in its homeland, the island state of Tasmania .
The thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger , was the top dog of the marsupial food chain until Asian dingoes, introduced 4,000 years ago, forced the animal off Australia and onto Tasmania.
Wallaroos are among the approximately 200 species of marsupials found in Australia, New Guinea, and neighboring islands.
But in 2003, a team led by University of Sydney paleontologist Stephen Wroe recalculated the Pleistocene wombat 's size, comparing specimens of the creature with those of 50 different marsupial and mammal species.
Man steals store puppy, is bitten by marsupial.
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