tree shrew


: any of a family (Tupaiidae of the order Scandentia) of small southeast Asian mammals that resemble squirrels, are of semiarboreal or terrestrial habit, feed chiefly on insects and fruit, and are sometimes classified as true insectivores or primitive primates

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Recent Examples on the Web So, evolutionary forces pressured the plant to tweak its design a bit to entice the tree shrew to pay it a visit and poop into it. Smriti Rao, Discover Magazine, 12 Mar. 2010

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tree shrew was in 1893

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“Tree shrew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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