bandicoot

[ ban-di-koot ]
/ ˈbæn dɪˌkut /

noun

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

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

/ (ˈbændɪˌkuːt) /

noun

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

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

bandicoot


n.

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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