tree shrew
noun Date: 1893 any of a family (Tupaiidae of the order Scandentia) of small southeast Asian mammals that resemble squirrels, are of semiarboreal or terrestrial habit, feed chiefly on insects and fruit, and are sometimes classified as true insectivores or primitive primates

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  • tree shrew — tree′ shrew n. mam any S Asian tree dwelling mammal of the family Tupaiidae, resembling a squirrel with a long snout and taxonomically combining the characteristics of a primate and insectivore • Etymology: 1890–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • tree shrew — n. any of a family (Tupaiidae) of small, omnivorous shrews of SE Asia …   English World dictionary

  • tree shrew — any of several insectivorous, arboreal mammals of the family Tupaiidae, of southern Asia and adjacent islands, resembling a squirrel and having a long snout. [1890 95] * * * ▪ mammal  any of 17 Southeast Asian species of small mammals resembling… …   Universalium

  • tree shrew — noun insectivorous arboreal mammal of southeast Asia that resembles a squirrel with large eyes and long sharp snout • Hypernyms: ↑placental, ↑placental mammal, ↑eutherian, ↑eutherian mammal • Hyponyms: ↑pentail, ↑pen tail, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • tree-shrew — paprastoji tupaja statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Tupaia glis angl. common tree shrew; tree shrew vok. gewöhnliches Spitzhörnchen rus. обыкновенная тупайа pranc. tupaïa ryšiai: platesnis terminas –… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • tree shrew — noun A small mammal native to the tropical forests of Southeast Asia, resembling the shrew and classified scientifically as order Scandentia …   Wiktionary

  • tree shrew — /ˈtri ʃru/ (say tree shrooh) noun any mammal of the family Tupaiidae, of southern Asia and adjacent islands, squirrel like in appearance and having a long snout …   Australian English dictionary

  • tree shrew — noun a small squirrel like insectivorous mammal with a pointed snout, native to SE Asia. [Tupaia and other genera.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • Low’s feather-tailed tree-shrew — plunksnauodegė tupaja statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Ptilocercus lowi angl. feather tailed tree shrew; Low’s feather tailed tree shrew; Low’s pen tailed tree shrew; pen tailed tree shrew rus.… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • Low’s pen-tailed tree-shrew — plunksnauodegė tupaja statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Ptilocercus lowi angl. feather tailed tree shrew; Low’s feather tailed tree shrew; Low’s pen tailed tree shrew; pen tailed tree shrew rus.… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

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