from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any marsupial of the genus Perameles, which includes numerous species found in Australia. They somewhat resemble rabbits in size and form. See Illust. under bandicoot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of the family Peramelidæ; those bandicoots which have no disproportionate development of the limbs nor greatly elongated ears.
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The various species of kangaroo, phascolomys, dasyurus, and perameles, the flying phalangers, the ornithorynchi, and echidnæ, have astonished naturalists by the strangeness of their conformations, which presented proportions contrary to all former rules, and were incapable of being arranged under any of the systems then in use. "