from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various small squirrellike arboreal mammals of the family Tupaiidae found in southeast Asia, India, and southern China. Though sometimes placed in a separate taxonomic order, tree shrews are thought to be related to both insectivores and primates.

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  • n. A small mammal native to the tropical forests of Southeast Asia, resembling the shrew and classified scientifically as order Scandentia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. insectivorous arboreal mammal of southeast Asia that resembles a squirrel with large eyes and long sharp snout


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