bandicoot

noun
ban·​di·​coot | \ ˈban-di-ˌküt How to pronounce bandicoot (audio) \

Definition of bandicoot

1 : any of several very large rats (genera Bandicota and Nesokia) of southern Asia destructive to crops
2 : any of various small chiefly insectivorous and herbivorous marsupial mammals (family Peramelidae or family Peroryctidae) of Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea

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Examples of bandicoot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a conservation first, Australia’s eastern barred bandicoot is back from the brink of extinction. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Oct. 2021 The small nocturnal marsupial was once common throughout southwest Victoria, but habitat destruction, foxes, and feral cats nearly killed off the bandicoot. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Oct. 2021 The bandicoot begins to relax and eventually moves around the enclosure. Anthony Ham, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Nov. 2021 Australia’s conservation efforts did see a boost last week when authorities said the bandicoot, a small furry marsupial, had been brought back from the brink of extinction on the country's mainland. NBC News, 22 Sep. 2021 Interestingly, bandicoot populations increase where devils are more prominent than cats, says Hamilton. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, 5 Oct. 2020 In Crash Bandicoot: On The Run!, video game fans will immediately recognize regions from previous bandicoot games, such as Temple Ruins, Turtle Woods and Bear It. Coral Murphy, USA TODAY, 10 July 2020 Meanwhile, Hodgens and his partner, Heidi Groffen, have installed two types of cat trap to give the dunnarts, bandicoots, and other marsupials a chance. National Geographic, 17 Jan. 2020 Marsupials such as the common planigale, which looks similar to a mouse, and golden bandicoot, which looks more like a rat, also may move in. Liz Langley, National Geographic, 25 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of bandicoot

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bandicoot

Telugu pandikokku

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“Bandicoot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bandicoot. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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