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tree shrew

any of several insectivorous, arboreal mammals of the family Tupaiidae, of southern Asia and adjacent islands, resembling a squirrel and having a long snout.
Origin of tree shrew
1890-95 Unabridged
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  • It is fairly certain that if the tree-shrew is an enemy of butterflies in the wild state it is a discriminating one.

    Mimicry in Butterflies Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • Finn further experimented with the tree-shrew or Tupaia (Tupaia ellioti), which feeds largely on insects.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
British Dictionary definitions for tree-shrew

tree shrew

any of numerous small arboreal mammals of the family Tupaiidae and order Scandentia, of SE Asia, having large eyes and resembling squirrels
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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