bandicoot

noun
ban·​di·​coot | \ˈban-di-ˌküt \

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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Feral cats have been linked to the extinction of 20 species in Australia, including the lesser bilby and the desert bandicoot. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Australia Builds World’s Largest Cat-Proof Fence to Protect Threatened Species," 30 May 2018 Australia is full of cute animals—wombats, bandicoots, potoroos, echidnas, wallabies, platypuses, quokkas and koalas just to name a few. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Super-cute Eastern Quoll Returns to Mainland Australia," 16 Mar. 2018 In 2016, the southern brown bandicoot was also reintroduced and it was confirmed to be breeding in the park last summer. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Super-cute Eastern Quoll Returns to Mainland Australia," 16 Mar. 2018 After those have been erected, locally extinct mammals like the greater bilby, burrowing bettong, Western quoll, and Western barred bandicoot, will be reintroduced. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "'Extinct' Marsupial Rediscovered in Parts of Australia," 18 Dec. 2017 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). Smithsonian, "Discover more of the Northern Territory's Top End.," 7 Apr. 2017 Participants regularly see active nocturnal snakes, lizards, possums, bandicoots, birds, insects, and other wildlife. Jordi Lippe-mcgraw, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Tours That Are Better at Night," 3 Mar. 2017 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). Smithsonian, "Discover more of the Northern Territory's Top End.," 7 Apr. 2017

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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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