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 for Blarina brevicauda
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
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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 :

  Mole \Mole\, n. [OE. molle, either shortened fr. moldwerp, or
     from the root of E. mold soil: cf. D. mol, OD. molworp. See
     1. (Zool.) Any insectivore of the family Talpidae. They
        have minute eyes and ears, soft fur, and very large and
        strong fore feet.
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     Note: The common European mole, or moldwarp ({Talpa
           Europaea), is noted for its extensive burrows. The
           common American mole, or shrew mole ({Scalops
           aquaticus), and star-nosed mole ({Condylura cristata})
           have similar habits.
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     Note: In the Scriptures, the name is applied to two
           unindentified animals, perhaps the chameleon and mole
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     2. A plow of peculiar construction, for forming underground
        drains. [U.S.]
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     3. (fig.)A spy who lives for years an apparently normal life
        (to establish a cover) before beginning his spying
     Duck mole. See under Duck.
     Golden mole. See Chrysochlore.
     Mole cricket (Zool.), an orthopterous insect of the genus
        Gryllotalpa, which excavates subterranean galleries, and
        throws up mounds of earth resembling those of the mole. It
        is said to do damage by injuring the roots of plants. The
        common European species ({Gryllotalpa vulgaris), and the
        American ({Gryllotalpa borealis), are the best known.
     Mole rat (Zool.), any one of several species of Old World
        rodents of the genera Spalax, Georychus, and several
        allied genera. They are molelike in appearance and habits,
        and their eyes are small or rudimentary.
     Mole shrew (Zool.), any one of several species of
        short-tailed American shrews of the genus Blarina, esp.
        Blarina brevicauda.
     Water mole, the duck mole.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Blarina brevicauda
      n 1: North American shrew with tail less than half its body
           length [syn: short-tailed shrew, Blarina brevicauda]

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