One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A genus of marsupials comprising the long-nosed bandicoots of Australia (and formerly all other bandicoots); (also perameles) an animal of this genus (now rare).
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Edward Griffith (1790–1858), naturalist. From scientific Latin Perameles from ancient Greek πήρα bag, pouch + classical Latin mēlēs (also mēlis) badger.
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