jumping shrew


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Shrew \Shrew\, n. [See Shrew, a.]
   1. Originally, a brawling, turbulent, vexatious person of
      either sex, but now restricted in use to females; a
      brawler; a scold.
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            A man . . . grudgeth that shrews [i. e., bad men]
            have prosperity, or else that good men have
            adversity.                            --Chaucer.
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            A man had got a shrew to his wife, and there could
            be no quiet in the house for her.     --L'Estrange.
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   2. [AS. scre['a]wa; -- so called because supposed to be
      venomous. ] (Zool.) Any small insectivore of the genus
      Sorex and several allied genera of the family
      Sorecidae. 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.
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   Note: The common European species are the house shrew
         (Crocidura araneus), and the erd shrew ({Sorex
         vulgaris}) (see under Erd.). In the United States
         several species of Sorex and Blarina are common, as
         the broadnosed shrew (Sorex platyrhinus), Cooper's
         shrew (Sorex Cooperi), and the short-tailed, or mole,
         shrew (Blarina brevicauda). Th American water, or
         marsh, shrew (Neosorex palustris), with fringed feet,
         is less common. The common European water shrews are
         Crossopus fodiens, and the oared shrew (see under
         Oared).
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   Earth shrew, any shrewlike burrowing animal of the family
      Centetidae, as the tendrac.

   Elephant shrew, Jumping shrew, Mole shrew. See under
      Elephant, Jumping, etc.

   Musk shrew. See Desman.

   River shrew, an aquatic West African insectivore
      (Potamogale velox) resembling a weasel in form and size,
      but having a large flattened and crested tail adapted for
      rapid swimming. It feeds on fishes.

   Shrew mole, a common large North American mole ({Scalops
      aquaticus}). Its fine, soft fur is gray with iridescent
      purple tints.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Jumping \Jump"ing\, p. a. & vb. n.
   of Jump, to leap.
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   Jumping bean, a seed of a Mexican Euphorbia, containing
      the larva of a moth (Carpocapsa saltitans). The larva by
      its sudden movements causes the seed to roll to roll and
      jump about.

   Jumping deer (Zool.), a South African rodent ({Pedetes
      Caffer}), allied to the jerboa.

   Jumping louse (Zool.), any of the numerous species of plant
      lice belonging to the family Psyllid[ae], several of
      which are injurious to fruit trees.

   Jumping mouse (Zool.), North American mouse ({Zapus
      Hudsonius}), having a long tail and large hind legs. It is
      noted for its jumping powers. Called also {kangaroo
      mouse}.

   Jumping mullet (Zool.), gray mullet.

   Jumping shrew (Zool.), any African insectivore of the genus
      Macroscelides. They are allied to the shrews, but have
      large hind legs adapted for jumping.

   Jumping spider (Zool.), spider of the genus Salticus and
      other related genera; one of the Saltigrad[ae]; -- so
      called because it leaps upon its prey.
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