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
Recent Examples of bandicoot from the Web
From Buley Rockhole, take the two-mile Florence Creek Walk through the monsoon rainforest and spot a range of wildlife, from unique bird species such as kingfishers and fairy-wrens, to bandicoots (small terrestrial marsupials).
Participants regularly see active nocturnal snakes, lizards, possums, bandicoots, birds, insects, and other wildlife.
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Origin and Etymology of bandicoot
First Known Use: 1793See Words from the same year
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