tree shrew


Definition of 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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First Known Use of tree shrew

1893, in the meaning defined above

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“Tree shrew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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