elephant shrew

elephant shrew
noun
: any of several leaping African shrews comprising a family (Macroscelididae) remotely related to both the true shrews and the hedgehogs and having the nose long and flexible like a proboscis

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any of several African insectivores of the family Macroscelididae, having long hind legs and a long, sensitive snout.
[1865-70]

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elephant shrew noun
Any member of the African family Macroscelididae, long-nosed, long-legged Insectivora
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Main Entry:elephant

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elephant shrew,
a small, leaping, insect-eating animal of Africa. It resembles a mouse and has a long snout like an elephant's trunk.

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