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Definition: Jumping shrew
, n. [See Shrew
1. Originally, a brawling, turbulent, vexatious person of
either sex, but now restricted in use to females; a
brawler; a scold.
A man . . . grudgeth that shrews [i. e., bad men]
have prosperity, or else that good men have
A man had got a shrew to his wife, and there could
be no quiet in the house for her. --L'Estrange.
2. [AS. scre['a]wa; -- so called because supposed to be
venomous. ] (Zo["o]l.) Any small insectivore of the genus
and several allied genera of the family
. In form and color they resemble mice, but
they have a longer and more pointed nose. Some of them are
the smallest of all mammals.
Note: The common European species are the house shrew
), and the erd shrew (Sorex vulgaris
) (see under Erd
.). In the United States
several species of Sorex
are common, as
the broadnosed shrew (S. platyrhinus
), Cooper's shrew
), and the short-tailed, or mole, shrew
). Th American water, or marsh,
shrew (Neosorex palustris
), with fringed feet, is
less common. The common European water shrews are
, and the oared shrew (see under
, any shrewlike burrowing animal of the family
, as the tendrac.
, Jumping shrew
, Mole shrew
. See under
. See Desman
, an aquatic West African insectivore
) resembling a weasel in form and size,
but having a large flattened and crested tail adapted for
rapid swimming. It feeds on fishes.
, a common large North American mole (Scalops aquaticus
). Its fine, soft fur is gray with iridescent
, p. a. & vb. n.
, to leap.
, a seed of a Mexican Euphorbia
the larva of a moth (Carpocapsa saltitans
). The larva by
its sudden movements causes the seed to roll to roll and
(Zo["o]l.), a South African rodent (Pedetes Caffer
), allied to the jerboa.
(Zo["o]l.), any of the numerous species of
plant lice belonging to the family Psyllid[ae]
of which are injurious to fruit trees.
(Zo["o]l.), North American mouse (Zapus Hudsonius
), having a long tail and large hind legs. It is
noted for its jumping powers. Called also kangaroo mouse
(Zo["o]l.), gray mullet.
(Zo["o]l.), any African insectivore of the
. They are allied to the shrews, but
have large hind legs adapted for jumping.
(Zo["o]l.), spider of the genus Salticus
and other related genera; one of the Saltigrad[ae]; -- so
called because it leaps upon its prey.