any of several insectivorous, arboreal mammals of the family Tupaiidae, of southern Asia and adjacent islands, resembling a squirrel and having a long snout.
Origin of tree shrew
First recorded in 1890–95
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Historical Examples of tree shrew
Finn further experimented with the tree-shrew or Tupaia (Tupaia ellioti), which feeds largely on insects.
It is fairly certain that if the Tree-shrew is an enemy of butterflies in the wild state it is a discriminating one.
British Dictionary definitions for tree shrew
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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