plural noun
Tu·​pai·​idae | \ t(y)üˈpīəˌdē \

Definition of Tupaiidae

: 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

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History and Etymology for Tupaiidae

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 23 Nov. 2020.

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