tree shrew ExamplesWord Origin noun
- any of several insectivorous, arboreal mammals of the family Tupaiidae, of southern Asia and adjacent islands, resembling a squirrel and having a long snout.
Origin of tree shrew First recorded in 1890–95 Examples from the Web for tree shrew Historical Examples of tree shrew
Finn further experimented with the tree-shrew or Tupaia (Tupaia ellioti), which feeds largely on insects.
It is fairly certain that if the Tree-shrew is an enemy of butterflies in the wild state it is a discriminating one.
Reginald Crundall Punnett
British Dictionary definitions for tree shrew tree shrew noun
- any of numerous small arboreal mammals of the family Tupaiidae and order Scandentia, of SE Asia, having large eyes and resembling squirrels