Definition of Scandentia in English:

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Pronunciation: /skanˈdɛnʃə/

plural noun

A small order of mammals which comprises the tree shrews.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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