Definition of bandicoot in English:

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bandicoot

Pronunciation: /ˈbandɪkuːt/

noun

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1A mainly insectivorous marsupial native to Australia and New Guinea.
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.
1.1Indian A bandicoot rat.
Example sentences
  • This order of marsupials includes 2 families, the Peramelidae (bandicoots and bilbies) and Peroryctidae (spiny bandicoots, mouse bandicoot).
  • There were mongoose, snakes and bandicoots (large rats).
  • Unfortunately, the only drawing he could obtain was of a specimen that had lost its tail, and his Aboriginal helpers brought him any number of common bandicoots with their tails removed.

Origin

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

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