• synonyms

otter shrew

  1. a chiefly aquatic insectivore, Potamogale velox, of western Africa, that resembles an otter, having sleek, brown fur and a flattened tail.
Show More
Also called potamogale.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for otter shrew

Historical Examples of otter shrew

  • Its aquatic habits have in some districts caused it to be known as Otter-Shrew.

    Animal Life of the British Isles

    Edward Step

British Dictionary definitions for otter shrew

otter shrew

  1. any small otter-like amphibious mammal, esp Potamogale velox, of the family Potamogalidae of W and central Africa: order Insectivora (insectivores)
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012