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[sawr-uh-sahyn, -sin, sor-uh-]
adjective Zoology.
  1. of or resembling the shrews.
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Origin of soricine

1775–85; < Latin sōricīnus, equivalent to sōric- (stem of sōrex) shrew + -īnus -ine1
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Historical Examples

  • Soric′ident, having teeth like the shrew; Sor′icine, pertaining to the shrew-mouse; Sor′icoid, soricine.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)


British Dictionary definitions for soricine


  1. of, relating to, or resembling the shrews or the family (Soricidae) to which they belong
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin sōricīnus, from sōrex a shrew
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