from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various small, chiefly insectivorous mammals of the family Soricidae, resembling a mouse but having a long pointed snout and small eyes and ears. Also called shrewmouse.
- n. A woman with a violent, scolding, or nagging temperament; a scold.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of numerous small mouselike, chiefly nocturnal, mammals of the family Soricidae.
- n. An ill-tempered, nagging woman: a scold.
- v. To beshrew; to curse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Wicked; malicious.
- n. Originally, a brawling, turbulent, vexatious person of either sex, but now restricted in use to females; a brawler; a scold.
- n. Any small insectivore of the genus Sorex and several allied genera of the family Sorecidæ. In form and color they resemble mice, but they have a longer and more pointed nose. Some of them are the smallest of all mammals.
- transitive v. To beshrew; to curse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wicked or evil person; a malignant person.
- n. A woman of a perverse, violent, or malignant temper; a scold; a termagant.
- n. An evil thing; a great danger.
- n. A planet of evil or malignant aspect or influence.
- Wicked; evil; ill-natured; unkind.
- To make evil; deprave.
- To curse; beshrew.
- n. A small insectivorous mammal of the genus Sorex or family Soricidæ; a shrew-mouse.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a scolding nagging bad-tempered woman
- n. small mouselike mammal with a long snout; related to moles
Our forefathers provided themselves with what they called a shrew-ash, in order to meet the case.
The role of domestic shrew is played, to some extent, by Summerset.
The new shrew is presently only known from mid montane and lowland rainforests of Sinharaja.
"The musk shrew is a very primitive ancestor of primates and when given to the females they displayed reproductive behaviour, and the males would mate with them."
Though first described as a subspecies of the Common shrew S. araneus, the Spanish shrew is strongly distinct genetically and in having a particularly unusual short skull.
The Pantelleria shrew is controversial, with various studies indicating that it is a subspecies of the Greater white-toothed shrew (C. russula).
The Appenine shrew is endemic to Italy, and while formerly regarded by some as conspecific with the Common shrew, it is quite different, having a much shorter tail for example.
With that I full agree, and was my main problem with the whole 'shrew'-aganza.
Incidentally, the Hinton who named the Scilly shrew is Martin Alister Campbell Hinton (1883-1961), former Keeper of Zoology at London’s Natural History Museum, and perhaps best known nowadays as possible perpetrator of the Piltdown hoax.
She is and has been called a shrew, a harpy, a talentless hack, grotesque, old, ugly, controlling, and so on, as well being treated to all the racial epithets you can think of and more.
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