- bandicoot [ban′di ko͞ot΄]n.[< Telugu pandikokku, lit., pig rat]1. a member of either genus (Bandicota and Nesokia, family Muridae) of large rats, found esp. in India and Sri Lanka, that destroy grain and root crops2. any of an order (Peramelina) of ratlike marsupials of Australia and nearby islands, which feed on insects and plants
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.