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 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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • shrew mole — noun slender mole having a long snout and tail • Hypernyms: ↑mole • Hyponyms: ↑Asiatic shrew mole, ↑Uropsilus soricipes, ↑American shrew mole, ↑Neurotrichus gibbsii • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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  • shrew-mole — tibetinis kirstukinis kurmis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Uropsilus soriceps angl. Asiatic shrew mole; Chinese shrew mole; shrew mole vok. Ohrenspitzmausmaulwurf rus. землеройный крот; сычуаньский… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

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  • shrew mole — 1. a grayish black mole, Neurotrichus gibbsii, of the western coast of the U.S. and Canada, that grows to a length of about 3 in. (7.6 cm). 2. any of several Asiatic moles of the genus Uropsilus. [1815 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • shrew-mole — n. a small shrewlike mole with a long tail, native to Asia and North America. ● Neurotrichus and other genera, family Talpidae: five species, including N. gibbsii of the western U.S …   Useful english dictionary

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