Elephant-shrew

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Elephant-shrew name applied to a number of long-nosed, long-legged Insectivora, natives of Africa, and notable for their agile jumping over loose sand
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. olifaunt—O. Fr. olifant—L. elephantum, elephas, -antis—Gr. elephas, acc. to some from Heb. eleph, aleph, an ox.

Usage

In literature:

Another underground-dweller is the elephant shrew of South America.
"The Human Side of Animals" by Royal Dixon
It was indeed the elephant-nosed shrew who had saved them.
"Black Tales for White Children" by C. H. Stigand
They vary in size from the whale and the elephant to tiny shrew mice and moles.
"A Civic Biology" by George William Hunter
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In science:

Evol. 35: 17-31. Robinson, T.J., B. Fu, M.A. Ferguson-Smith, and F. Yang. (2004). Cross-species chromosome painting in the golden mole and elephant-shrew: support for the mammalian clades Afrotheria and Afroinsectiphillia but not Afroinsectivora.
Measuring Fit of Sequence Data to Phylogenetic Model: Gain of Power using Marginal Tests
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