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[ban-di-koot] /ˈbæn dɪˌkut/
any of several large East Indian rats of the genus Nesokia.
any of several insectivorous and herbivorous marsupials of the family Peramelidae, of Australia and New Guinea: some are endangered.
Origin of bandicoot
1780-90; < Telugu pandi-kokku pig-rat Unabridged
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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.
British Dictionary definitions for bandicoot


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
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

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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