Belonging or pertaining to the infraclass Metatheria of marsupials.
2. noun
Any of the pouched animals of the infraclass Metatheria; a marsupial.

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  • metatherian — n. Any of a group of primitive pouched mammals found mainly in Australia and the Americas. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • metatherian — /met euh thear ee euhn/, adj. 1. belonging or pertaining to the group Metatheria, comprising the marsupial mammals. n. 2. a metatherian animal. [1875 80; < NL Metatheri(a) name of the group ( < Gk meta META + thería, pl. of THERÍON animal) + AN]… …   Universalium

  • metatherian — noun primitive pouched mammals found mainly in Australia and the Americas • Hypernyms: ↑mammal, ↑mammalian • Hyponyms: ↑marsupial, ↑pouched mammal * * * I. |med.ə|thirēən adjective Etymol …   Useful english dictionary

  • metatherian — meta·the·ri·an (met″ə theґre ən) any member of the Metatheria …   Medical dictionary

  • metatherian — meta·the·ri·an …   English syllables

  • metatherian — /mɛtəˈθɪəriən/ (say metuh thearreeuhn) noun any member of a subdivision of the mammals of which the marsupials are the living representatives. {meta + Greek thēria, plural of theērion animal + an} …   Australian English dictionary

  • metatherian Zoology — [ˌmɛtə θɪərɪən] noun a mammal of the group Metatheria, which comprises the marsupials. Compare with eutherian. adjective relating to metatherians. Origin from mod. L. Metatheria, from meta + Gk thēria, plural of thērion wild animal …   English new terms dictionary

  • Marsupial — This article is about mammals. For frogs, see Marsupial frog. Marsupials[1][2] Temporal range: Early Cretaceous–Recent …   Wikipedia

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