One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An animal of the family Peramelidae; a bandicoot.
Of, relating to, or designating marsupials of the family Peramelidae.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Isaac Funk (1839–1912), publisher and reformer. From scientific Latin Perameles Perameles + -id, after scientific Latin Peramelidae, family name (G. R. Waterhouse, 1838).
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