Definition of Insectivora in English:

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Insectivora

Pronunciation: /ˌɪnsɛkˈtɪvərə/

plural noun

Zoology
An order of small mammals that comprises the shrews, moles, hedgehogs, tenrecs, moonrats, and solenodons. They are distinguished by mainly terrestrial habits and an insectivorous diet.
Example sentences
  • Among the Insectivora, many of the talpid moles (order Insectivora, family Talpidae) of Eurasia and North America are fossorial.
  • Once considered a divergent family of the order Insectivora, elephant shrews are now placed in their own order, the Macroscelidea.
  • Members of one order, the Insectivora, feed almost entirely on invertebrates, especially insects.

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