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bandicoot

[ban-di-koot] /ˈbæn dɪˌkut/
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
1780-1790
1780-90; < Telugu pandi-kokku pig-rat
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  • There was a possum and a snake a bearded dragon and a bandicoot, and a frog.
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British Dictionary definitions for bandicoot

bandicoot

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