bandicoot definition by Webster's New World
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- 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: ; from Telugu pandikokku, literally , pig rat
bandicoot definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Any of several large rats of the genera Bandicota and Nesokia of southeast Asia.
- Any of several ratlike marsupials of the family Peramelidae, of Australia and adjacent islands, that feed on insects and plants and have a long, tapering snout and elongated hind legs.
Origin: Telugu bantikokku : banti, ball + kokku, long beak.