plural noun
Mac·​ro·​sce·​lid·​i·​dae | \ ˌmakrōsəˈlidəˌdē \

Definition of Macroscelididae

: a family of African insectivores comprising the elephant shrews and constituting sometimes with the addition of the Tupaiidae a suborder (Menotyphla) of Insectivora

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History and Etymology for Macroscelididae

New Latin, from Macroscelides, type genus (from macr- + scel- + Latin -ides, patronymic suffix) + -idae

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“Macroscelididae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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