tree shrew

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noun

any of several insectivorous, arboreal mammals of the family Tupaiidae, of southern Asia and adjacent islands, resembling a squirrel and having a long snout.

Nearby words

  1. tree planters state,
  2. tree poppy,
  3. tree post,
  4. tree ring,
  5. tree runner,
  6. tree snail,
  7. tree snake,
  8. tree sparrow,
  9. tree squirrel,
  10. tree surgery

Origin of tree shrew

First recorded in 1890–95

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Examples from the Web for tree shrew

  • Finn further experimented with the tree-shrew or Tupaia (Tupaia ellioti), which feeds largely on insects.

    The Making of Species|Douglas Dewar
  • It is fairly certain that if the Tree-shrew is an enemy of butterflies in the wild state it is a discriminating one.

    Mimicry in Butterflies|Reginald Crundall Punnett


British Dictionary definitions for tree shrew

tree shrew

noun

any of numerous small arboreal mammals of the family Tupaiidae and order Scandentia, of SE Asia, having large eyes and resembling squirrels
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