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tree shrew

Syllabification: tree shrew

Definition of tree shrew in English:

noun

A small squirrellike insectivorous mammal with a pointed snout, native to Southeast Asia, especially Borneo.
  • Family Tupaiidae and order Scandentia: several genera, in particular Tupaia; tree shrews were formerly placed with either the insectivores or the primates
Example sentences
  • They proposed a monophyletic clade that includes primates, the tree shrew, the flying lemur, rabbit, and rodents.
  • The mammals the researchers studied were the platypus, echidna, opossum, wallaby, hedgehog, mouse, rat, rabbit, cow, pig, bat, tree shrew, colugo, ringtail lemur, and humans.
  • Group III contains many of the most studied mammals, including the primates, rodents, rabbits, and a tree shrew.

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