Cae·​no·​les·​tes | \ ˌsēnəˈle(ˌ)stēz, ˌkīn- \

Definition of Caenolestes

: a genus (the type of the family Caenolestidae) of small carnivorous diprotodont marsupials comprising the shrew opossums

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First Known Use of Caenolestes

circa 1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Caenolestes

New Latin, from caen- + Greek lēistēs robber; akin to Latin lucrum gain

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“Caenolestes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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