Definition of bandicoot in English:

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bandicoot

Pronunciation: /ˈbandēˌko͞ot/

noun

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A mainly insectivorous marsupial native to Australia and New Guinea.
  • Family Peramelidae: several genera and species, some of which are endangered or extinct, including the short-nosed (or southern brown) bandicoot (Isodon obesulus).
Example sentences
  • On Terra these include kangaroos, wallabies, bandicoots, opossums, and wombats.
  • As Gondwana broke up, the link was broken, and the Australasian marsupials evolved in isolation, giving rise to the modern groups of koalas, bandicoots, wombats, and kangaroos.
  • This marsupial family includes 4 genera and 10 species of bandicoots and bilbies.

Origin

Late 18th century: from Telugu pandikokku, literally 'pig-rat'.

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Syllabification: ban·di·coot

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