Definition of bandicoot in English:

bandicoot

Syllabification: ban·di·coot
Pronunciation: /ˈbandiˌko͞ot
 
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noun

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)
More 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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