- an insectivorous animal or plant.
- any mammal of the order Insectivora, comprising the moles, shrews, and Old World hedgehogs.
Origin of insectivore
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Indeed, one insectivore of the genus Sorex (the shrew-mouse genus) is the absolutely smallest mammal which is known to exist.
- any placental mammal of the order Insectivora, being typically small, with simple teeth, and feeding on invertebrates. The group includes shrews, moles, and hedgehogs
- any animal or plant that derives nourishment from insects
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Word Origin and History for insectivore
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- An animal or plant that feeds mainly on insects.
- Any of various small, usually nocturnal mammals of the order Insectivora that feed on insects and other invertebrates. Insectivores have long snouts and resemble rodents, but lack gnawing incisors. Moles, shrews, hedgehogs, and tenrecs are insectivores.
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