Tupaiidae

plural noun

Tu·​pai·​idae
t(y)üˈpīəˌdē
: a family of small arboreal mammals of southeastern Asia and the Pacific islands that comprise the tree shrews and are held to be insectivores or treated as primates of lowly organization and then placed with the lemurs and tarsiers in the suborder Prosimii

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Tupaia, type genus + -idae

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“Tupaiidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tupaiidae. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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