shrewmouse


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Related to shrewmouse: common shrew

shrew·mouse

 (shro͞o′mous′)
n. pl. shrew·mice (-mīs′)
See shrew.

shrewmouse

(ˈʃruːˌmaʊs)
n, pl -mice
(Animals) another name for the shrew, esp the common shrew
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shrewmouse - small mouselike mammal with a long snoutshrewmouse - small mouselike mammal with a long snout; related to moles
insectivore - small insect-eating mainly nocturnal terrestrial or fossorial mammals
common shrew, Sorex araneus - common American shrew
masked shrew, Sorex cinereus - commonest shrew of moist habitats in North America
Blarina brevicauda, short-tailed shrew - North American shrew with tail less than half its body length
water shrew - any of several small semiaquatic shrews usually living near swift-flowing streams
Cryptotis parva, least shrew - small brown shrew of grassy regions of eastern United States
References in classic literature ?
At present, in relation to this demand that he should learn Latin declensions and conjugations, Tom was in a state of as blank unimaginativeness concerning the cause and tendency of his sufferings, as if he had been an innocent shrewmouse imprisoned in the split trunk of an ash-tree in order to cure lameness in cattle.
Some animal species, the shrewmouse for example, eat more than their body weight in food per day.