Mole shrew
Shrew Shrew, n. [See {Shrew}, a.] 1. Originally, a brawling, turbulent, vexatious person of either sex, but now restricted in use to females; a brawler; a scold. [1913 Webster]

A man . . . grudgeth that shrews [i. e., bad men] have prosperity, or else that good men have adversity. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

A man had got a shrew to his wife, and there could be no quiet in the house for her. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

2. [AS. scre['a]wa; -- so called because supposed to be venomous. ] (Zo["o]l.) Any small insectivore of the genus {Sorex} and several allied genera of the family {Sorecid[ae]}. In form and color they resemble mice, but they have a longer and more pointed nose. Some of them are the smallest of all mammals. [1913 Webster]

Note: The common European species are the house shrew ({Crocidura araneus}), and the erd shrew ({Sorex vulgaris}) (see under {Erd}.). In the United States several species of {Sorex} and {Blarina} are common, as the broadnosed shrew ({S. platyrhinus}), Cooper's shrew ({S. Cooperi}), and the short-tailed, or mole, shrew ({Blarina brevicauda}). Th American water, or marsh, shrew ({Neosorex palustris}), with fringed feet, is less common. The common European water shrews are {Crossopus fodiens}, and the oared shrew (see under {Oared}). [1913 Webster]

{Earth shrew}, any shrewlike burrowing animal of the family {Centetid[ae]}, as the tendrac.

{Elephant shrew}, {Jumping shrew}, {Mole shrew}. See under {Elephant}, {Jumping}, etc.

{Musk shrew}. See {Desman}.

{River shrew}, an aquatic West African insectivore ({Potamogale velox}) resembling a weasel in form and size, but having a large flattened and crested tail adapted for rapid swimming. It feeds on fishes.

{Shrew mole}, a common large North American mole ({Scalops aquaticus}). Its fine, soft fur is gray with iridescent purple tints. [1913 Webster]


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  • Mole shrew — Mole Mole, n. [OE. molle, either shortened fr. moldwerp, or from the root of E. mold soil: cf. D. mol, OD. molworp. See {Moldwarp}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any insectivore of the family {Talpid[ae]}. They have minute eyes and ears, soft fur, and very… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mole shrew — trumpauodegis kirstukas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Blarina brevicauda angl. blarina; greater North American short tailed shrew; mole shrew; northern short tailed shrew; short tailed shrew vok.… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • mole shrew — kurminis baltadantis kirstukas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Anourosorex squamipes angl. mole shrew; Szechuan burrowing shrew vok. Stummelschwanzspitzmaus rus. кротовая белозубка; чешуелапая… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • mole shrew — noun 1. a. : an American short tailed shrew of the genus Blarina b. : any of several shrews of the genus Anourosorex that resemble moles, have the ears and eyes greatly reduced, have slate colored glossy fur, and live in the high mountains of… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Aberdare Mole Shrew — Taxobox name = Aberdare Mole Shrew status = VU | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia ordo = Soricomorpha familia = Soricidae genus = Surdisorex species = S. norae binomial = Surdisorex norae binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • Mt. Kenya Mole Shrew — Taxobox name = Mt. Kenya Mole Shrew status = VU | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia ordo = Soricomorpha familia = Soricidae genus = Surdisorex species = S. polulus binomial = Surdisorex polulus… …   Wikipedia

  • Shrew mole — Shrew moles (or shrew moles) and mole shrews (or mole shrews) are two distinct groups of animals. Shrew moles Any of seven species of mole in the family Talpidae that resemble shrews: Four species in the subfamily Uropsilinae, or shrew like moles …   Wikipedia

  • Shrew mole — Shrew Shrew, n. [See {Shrew}, a.] 1. Originally, a brawling, turbulent, vexatious person of either sex, but now restricted in use to females; a brawler; a scold. [1913 Webster] A man . . . grudgeth that shrews [i. e., bad men] have prosperity, or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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