short-tailed shrew

noun

Definition of short-tailed shrew

: any of several North American shrews of Blarina or a related genus with dense usually gray or dark brown fur, a tail less than half the body length, often a toxic saliva, and in some cases scent glands on the sides which release a noxious secretion

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“Short-tailed shrew.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/short-tailed%20shrew. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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