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


Telugu bantikokku : banti, ball + kokku, long beak.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Telugu పందికొక్కు (pandi-kokku). (Wiktionary)



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  • I can't recall coming across bandie and hence have no idea why it's in the Macquarie Dictionary (according to that list).

    February 8, 2013

  • Is bandie a nickname for bandicoot, bilby?

    February 7, 2013

  • Australian slang - to harvest potatoes by poking around in the ground for them and just taking what you need rather than pulling up the entire plant.

    February 7, 2013

  • *waves*

    June 20, 2009

  • Some famous bandicoots:

    Crash Bandicoot
    Coco Bandicoot
    Crunch Bandicoot
    Fake Crash
    Evil Crash

    The trophy girls:


    December 9, 2007