Synonyms
Etymology

1. shrew

noun. small mouselike mammal with a long snout; related to moles.

Synonyms

  • family Soricidae
  • least shrew
  • common shrew
  • Cryptotis parva
  • masked shrew
  • Blarina brevicauda
  • water shrew
  • Sorex araneus
  • Soricidae
  • short-tailed shrew
  • shrewmouse
  • Sorex cinereus

Etymology

  • screawa (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

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2. shrew-sized

adjective. having the approximate size of a shrew.

Antonyms

  • unsorted

3. shrew

noun. a scolding nagging bad-tempered woman.

Synonyms

  • yenta
  • disagreeable woman
  • termagant
  • virago

Etymology

  • screawa (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

Example sentences of the word shrew


1. Noun, singular or mass
Layer the bottom of the terrarium with at least 6 inches of dirt so the shrew has room to dig and make a home.

2. Noun, plural
Many species of elephant shrew exist, and scientists at the California Academy of Sciences are closely following their status in the wild.

3. Verb, past tense
The Pribilof Island shrew, a small mammal measuring less than 3 inches long, is found only on the tiny Alaskan island of Saint Paul where it feeds on slugs, centipedes, beetles and other invertebrates.

4. Adjective
Predators of the shrew include domestic cats and dogs, and wild animals like hawks, owls, snakes, coyotes, weasels and foxes.

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