ETYM A corruption of the native name.
Large Indian rat; small, kangaroolike Australian animal.
Small marsupial mammal inhabiting Australia and New Guinea. There are about 11 species, family Peramelidae, rat-or rabbit-sized and living in burrows. They have long snouts, eat insects, and are nocturnal. A related group, the rabbit bandicoots or bilbies, is reduced to a single species that is now endangered and protected by law.
Any of various agile rat-like terrestrial marsupials of Australia and adjacent islands; insectivorous and herbivorous.