One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally: resembling a marsupial of the family Peramelidae. Later: of, relating to, or designating marsupials of the superfamily Perameloidea, which includes Peramelidae and related families.
A perameloid marsupial.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Isaac Funk (1839–1912), publisher and reformer. From scientific Latin Perameles Perameles + -oid. In later use after scientific Latin Perameloidea, superfamily name.
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