- any of several large East Indian rats of the genus Nesokia.
- any of several insectivorous and herbivorous marsupials of the family Peramelidae, of Australia and New Guinea: some are endangered.
Origin of bandicoot
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The next person they spied was a Bandicoot carrying a watermelon.The Magic Pudding
They brought back an ample supply, with the addition of a wallaby and a bandicoot.The Young Berringtons
Bandicoot (Perameles), a genus of small Australian marsupials.
There is an expression in Australia, "Blind as a bandicoot."The Awful Australian
No bandicoot ever went into his hole with the dogs after him quicker than Jim came out of his.Joe Wilson and His Mates
- any agile terrestrial marsupial of the family Peramelidae of Australia and New Guinea. They have a long pointed muzzle and a long tail and feed mainly on small invertebrates
- bandicoot rat or mole rat any of three burrowing rats of the genera Bandicota and Nesokia, of S and SE Asia: family Muridae
Word Origin for bandicoot
1789, from Telugu pandi-kokku, literally "pig-rat." Properly a large and destructive Indian rat; applied from 1827 to a type of insectivorous Australian marsupial somewhat resembling it.