from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the small insectivores of the genus Neomys in the Soricidae family.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Any one of several species of shrews having fringed feet and capable of swimming actively. The two common European species (Crossopus fodiens, and Crossopus ciliatus) are the best known. The most common American water shrew, or marsh shrew (Neosorex palustris), is rarely seen, owing to its nocturnal habits.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An oar-footed aquatic shrew.

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

  • n. any of several small semiaquatic shrews usually living near swift-flowing streams


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  • The northern water shrew Sorex palustris, for instance, doesn’t inhabit the lowlands of central Nevada; but it does survive as an isolated population in the moist heights of the Toiyabe range.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • The pika and the bushytail woodrat and the northern water shrew found themselves stranded—just as the brown bandicoot and the wombat had been stranded, at about the same time, on those land-bridge islands between mainland Australia and Tasmania.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • Besides the northern water shrew and the pika, Brown found the ermine, the Uinta chipmunk, the yellowbelly marmot, the bushytail woodrat, and nine other species of small mammals on mountaintops within the Great Basin.

    The Song of The Dodo


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