- a member of either genus (Bandicota and Nesokia, family Muridae) of large rats, found esp. in India and Sri Lanka, that destroy grain and root crops
- any of an order (Peramelina) of ratlike marsupials of Australia and nearby islands, which feed on insects and plants
Origin of bandicootfrom Telugu pandikokku, literally , pig rat
- Any of several large rats of the genera Bandicota and Nesokia of Asia and the Middle East, which inhabit cultivated lands and are destructive to crops.
- Any of several nocturnal marsupials of the family Peramelidae, of New Guinea, Australia, and adjacent islands, which feed on insects and plants and have a long, tapering snout and a pouch that opens toward the rear.
Origin of bandicootTelugu pandikokku ( literally “pig-rat,” in reference to the piglike grunts made by Bandicota bengalensis when threatened ) pandi pig, hog Malayalam panni kokku rat, bandicoot
From Telugu పందికొక్కు (pandi-kokku).