Definition of Scandentia in English:

Scandentia

Syllabification: Scan·den·tia
Pronunciation: /skanˈdenCH(ē)ə
 
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Zoology
A small order of mammals that comprises the tree shrews.
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  • Euarchontoglires is composed of the orders Primates, Rodentia, Lagomorpha (rabbits, hares, and pikas), Scandentia (tree shrews), and Dermoptera (flying lemurs).
  • Tree shrews and elephant shrews have also sometimes been placed in this order; now, however, they are now classified separately (orders Scandentia and Macroscelidea, respectively).
  • First, the superorder Archonta comprising Chiroptera, Dermoptera (flying lemurs), Primata, and Scandentia (tree shrews) is erroneous.

Origin

modern Latin (plural), from Latin scandent- 'climbing', from the verb scandere.

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