One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Asian rat that is a destructive pest in many places.
Genera Bandicota and Nesokia, family Muridae: four species, in particular the large B. indica
- ‘Burrows are made by Norway rats, bandicoot rats, and sometimes, house mice.’
- ‘The pelage of the bandicoot rat varies from coarse, short, harsh, and semispinous to long, fine and silky.’
- ‘In this isolated oasis, unique species evolved: the smooth-covered otter, bandicoot rat, the thrasher-like Iraqi babbler and the buni fish are found nowhere else.’
- ‘The bandicoot rat has a short head, broad muzzle, and a scaly, almost hairless tail.’
- ‘At the Snake Park they were fed chickens and bandicoot rats, but in the wild they have a more interesting diet.’
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