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Definition: Mole 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
, n. [OE. molle, either shortened fr. moldwerp, or
from the root of E. mold soil: cf. D. mol, OD. molworp. See
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any insectivore of the family Talpid[ae]
They have minute eyes and ears, soft fur, and very large
and strong fore feet.
Note: The common European mole, or moldwarp (Talpa Europ[ae]a
), is noted for its extensive burrows. The
common American mole, or shrew mole (Scalops aquaticus
), and star-nosed mole (Condylura cristata
have similar habits.
Note: In the Scriptures, the name is applied to two
unindentified animals, perhaps the chameleon and mole
2. A plow of peculiar construction, for forming underground
3. (fig.)A spy who lives for years an apparently normal life
(to establish a cover) before beginning his spying
. See under Duck
. See Chrysochlore
(Zo["o]l.), an orthopterous insect of the
, which excavates subterranean
galleries, and throws up mounds of earth resembling those
of the mole. It is said to do damage by injuring the roots
of plants. The common European species (Gryllotalpa vulgaris
), and the American (Gryllotalpa borealis
the best known.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of Old
World rodents of the genera Spalax
several allied genera. They are molelike in appearance and
habits, and their eyes are small or rudimentary.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
short-tailed American shrews of the genus Blarina
, the duck mole.