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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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Recent Examples on the Web 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 There are actually dozens of rat species, and Vietnamese mostly eat two common ones: The rice field rat, which weighs up to half a pound, and the bandicoot rat, which can grow up to two pounds. National Geographic, 14 Mar. 2019 Researchers have collected genetic evidence that these HEVs can also infect a variety of animals, including pigs, wild boar, deer, rabbits, mongoose, chickens, camels, ferrets, greater bandicoots, Asian musk shrew, mink, moose, and fish. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 2 Oct. 2018 Feral cats have been linked to the extinction of 20 species in Australia, including the lesser bilby and the desert bandicoot. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 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, 16 Mar. 2018

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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