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1. 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.
2. 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.
[Telugu pandikokku (literally "pig-rat," in reference to the piglike grunts made by Bandicota bengalensis when threatened) : pandi, pig, hog; akin to Malayalam panni + kokku, rat, bandicoot.]
1. (Animals) 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. (Animals) 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]
1. any of several large East Indian rats of the genera Nesokia and Bandicota.
2. any of several insectivorous and herbivorous marsupials of the family Peramelidae, of Australia and New Guinea.
[1780–90; < Telugu pandi-kokku literally, pig-rat]
Past participle: bandicooted
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|Noun||1.||bandicoot - any of various agile ratlike terrestrial marsupials of Australia and adjacent islands; insectivorous and herbivorous|
marsupial, pouched mammal - mammals of which the females have a pouch (the marsupium) containing the teats where the young are fed and carried