bandicoot

[ban-di-koot]
noun
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.

Origin:
1780–90; < Telugu pandi-kokku pig-rat

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bandicoot (ˈbændɪˌkuːt)
 
n
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, mole rat any of three burrowing rats of the genera Bandicota and Nesokia, of S and SE Asia: family Muridae
 
[C18: from Telugu pandikokku, from pandi pig + kokku bandicoot]

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bandicoot
1789, from Telegu pandi-kokku, lit. "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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There was a possum and a snake a bearded dragon and a bandicoot, and a frog.
Bandicoot rats are an important food source among some peoples in southeast asia.
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