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marsupial


Possums are a common marsupial found in the United States.
  common name for any of a large group of mammals, many of which carry their young in an abdominal pouch after birth (e.g., kangaroos)
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  • Possums are a common marsupial found in the United States.
  • Australia has more marsupials than people.
  • Dr. Loy himself has used it to obtain proteins from extinct Australian marsupials, as well as blood cells from ancient human remains.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • There was one in particular—a small orange tabby who had little tiny paws and a pot belly with a pouch that looked kinda marsupial.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked

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  • But he was content with a dozen of these fascinating marsupials, which make up the first order of aplacental mammals, as Conseil just had to tell us.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Soon, creeping along the edge of darkness, came another creature: a marsupial tiger-cat, her eyes widened by the night to glowing oriflammes of fire.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • He said hornets better represent the Merryweather spirit than foreign marsupials, plus the Wombat mascot costume was going to suck money from the prom committee’s budget.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • She turned around to find her crisp-knickered daughter communing with cement marsupials.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • His rosy face just now untucked itself, the whole moment marsupial, strangely wondrous that way, and I thought if I had tasted a family hunger all my life that this should be my daily bread.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • The legend read "The wombat is a burrowing, nocturnal marsupial found only in Australia, and the only reason to mention it is the dubious distinction it has in joining man and apes in ownership of an appendix."
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone

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  • He’s probably gonna turn into a kangaroo and do some marsupial jujitsu on their ugly faces."
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • The Southern Cross blazed out of a cobalt sky; the sundown wind faded to a whisper; and a pair of marsupial rats, their eyes aglow like luminous peas, hopped hesitantly round the camp site.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
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Associated words [difficulty]:   marsupial [8] , hominid [8] , species [1] , genus [6] , deciduous [8] , hominid [8] , phylum [8] , coniferous [9] , taxonomy [9]
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