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  1. any of several large East Indian rats of the genus Nesokia.
  2. any of several insectivorous and herbivorous marsupials of the family Peramelidae, of Australia and New Guinea: some are endangered.
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Origin of bandicoot

First recorded in 1780–90, bandicoot is from the Telugu word pandi-kokku pig-rat
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Historical Examples

  • The next person they spied was a Bandicoot carrying a watermelon.

    The Magic Pudding

    Norman Lindsay

  • They brought back an ample supply, with the addition of a wallaby and a bandicoot.

    The Young Berringtons

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Bandicoot (Perameles), a genus of small Australian marsupials.

  • There is an expression in Australia, "Blind as a bandicoot."

    The Awful Australian

    Valerie Desmond

  • No bandicoot ever went into his hole with the dogs after him quicker than Jim came out of his.

British Dictionary definitions for bandicoot


  1. 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
  2. bandicoot rat or mole rat any of three burrowing rats of the genera Bandicota and Nesokia, of S and SE Asia: family Muridae
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Word Origin

C18: from Telugu pandikokku, from pandi pig + kokku bandicoot
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Word Origin and History 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.

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