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Meaning of MAMMALIA

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  warm-blooded vertebrates characterized by mammary glands in the female

MAMMALIA is a 8 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: class Mammalia
 See Also: class, Craniata, Eutheria, mammal, Metatheria, Pantotheria, Prototheria, subclass Eutheria, subclass Metatheria, subclass Pantotheria, subclass Prototheria, subphylum Craniata, subphylum Vertebrata, Unguiculata, Ungulata, Vertebrata, young mammal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mam*ma"li*a\, n. pl. [NL., from L. mammalis. See
{Mammal}.] (Zo["o]l.)
The highest class of Vertebrata. The young are nourished for
a time by milk, or an analogous fluid, secreted by the
mammary glands of the mother.

Note: Mammalia are divided into three subclasses; -- I.
      {Placentalia}. This subclass embraces all the higher
      orders, including man. In these the fetus is attached
      to the uterus by a placenta. II. {Marsupialia}. In
      these no placenta is formed, and the young, which are
      born at an early state of development, are carried for
      a time attached to the teats, and usually protected by
      a marsupial pouch. The opossum, kangaroo, wombat, and
      koala are examples. III. {Monotremata}. In this group,
      which includes the genera {Echidna} and
      {Ornithorhynchus}, the female lays large eggs
      resembling those of a bird or lizard, and the young,
      which are hatched like those of birds, are nourished by
      a watery secretion from the imperfectly developed