Found 2 items, similar to shrew.
English → English
n 1: a scolding nagging bad-tempered woman [syn: termagant
2: small mouselike mammal with a long snout; related to moles
English → English
, a. [OE. shrewe, schrewe. Cf. Shrewd
Wicked; malicious. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
, 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
, v. t. [See Shrew
, a., and cf. Beshrew
To beshrew; to curse. [Obs.] “I shrew myself.”