Definition of tree shrew in English:

tree shrew

Line breaks: tree shrew

noun

  • A small squirrel-like insectivorous mammal with a pointed snout, native to SE 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
    More 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.

More definitions of tree shrew

Definition of tree shrew in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kəːf
noun
a slit made by cutting with a saw