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  • proper n. A taxonomic order within the superorder Laurasiatheria — the hedgehogs, shrews, moles, solenodons etc..

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • An order of mammals which feed principally upon insects.
  • A division of the Chiroptera, including the common or insect-eating bats.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In mammalogy: An order of placental quadrupeds, comprising small mammals of the most varied forms, aspects, and habits, terrestrial and fossorial, arboreal, or natatorial, and mostly insectivorous, but in one group flying and frugivorous.
  • In entomology, a group of insectivorous hymenopterous insects.

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

  • n. shrews; moles; hedgehogs; tenrecs


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  • There are certain and constant characters in their formation, which bring them all under one group, called Insectivora, or Insect-eating Mammalia, by naturalists; but among them are smaller groups of individuals, with peculiar characters, adapted to their different habits.

    Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals

  • Threatened and insufficiently studied species (Insectivora, Rodentia).

    Biological diversity in the Caucasus

  • A recent addition to the cast, her name was Insectivora.

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  • Insectivora plucked a wriggling cockroach out of a plastic box and licked her lips.

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  • Insectivora shrugged and scooped it up, bringing it hungrily toward her mouth.

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  • ‘Galeopithecus’, — a strange form which almost touches on the Bats, as the ‘Cheiromys’ puts on a rodent clothing, and the Lemurs simulate Insectivora.


  • Rodents and four Insectivora, including a shrew-mouse and six squirrels, whose unaided passage over twenty miles of sea is even more inconceivable than that of the larger animals.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • There are about fifty bats, of which less than one-fourth are Indian species; thirty-four Rodents (squirrels, rats, &c.), of which six or eight only are Indian; and ten Insectivora, with one exception peculiar to the Malay region.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • The Insectivora are sometimes considered to be among the most primitive mammals surviving today, and the tenrecs to be the most primitive of the Insectivora.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • The tenrec family belongs to the order Insectivora—nominally the insect eaters, though not every species confines its diet to true insects such as crickets and termites.

    The Song of The Dodo


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