from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several large rats of the genera Bandicota and Nesokia of southeast Asia.
- n. Any of several ratlike marsupials of the family Peramelidae, of Australia and adjacent islands, that feed on insects and plants and have a long, tapering snout and elongated hind legs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Small Australian marsupial, of the family Peramelidae with a distinctive long snout.
- n. Any of several ratlike marsupial of the genera Bandicota and Nesokia of southeast Asia.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A species of very large rat (Mus giganteus), found in India and Ceylon. It does much injury to rice fields and gardens.
- n. A ratlike marsupial animal (genus Perameles) of several species, found in Australia and Tasmania.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Anglo-Indian name of the Mus giganteus of Hard-wicke, a large Indian rat, upward of 2 feet long including the tail, and weighing 2 or 3 pounds.
- n. The Anglo-Australian name of any marsupial animal of the family Peramelidæ. Also called bandicoot rat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various agile ratlike terrestrial marsupials of Australia and adjacent islands; insectivorous and herbivorous
The English term bandicoot is a corruption of the Telinga name _pandikoku_, literally _pig-rat_.] _Porcupine_.
_ The English term bandicoot is a corruption of the Telinga name _pandikoku_, literally _pig-rat_.]
Thus, for example, we have a group of men and women who believe themselves descended from an ancestor who had the bandicoot for his totem; they all respect bandicoots; and they are all called bandicoot people.
The bandicoot is a species of marsupial animal which could outwit the European fox, and give him lessons in pillaging poultry yards.
When assailed it grunts like a pig, hence its Telegu name _Pandi-koku_, from which the word bandicoot is derived.
He is a perfect rat in appearance, but he would rather astonish one of our English tom-cats if encountered during his rambles in search of rats, as the "bandicoot" is about the same size as the cat.
There is a great variety of rats in Ceylon, from the tiny shrew to the large "bandicoot".
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The bandicoot and ringtail rushed out to inform their companions of what had transpired within.
Two of Wurragarr's people, an ax-wielding bandicoot and a sword-armed ringtail, stood entranced in the far doorway.