Definition of mole shrew in English:

mole shrew

Pronunciation /ˈməʊl ʃruː/


  • 1A North American short-tailed shrew of the genus Blarina, especially B. brevicauda.

  • 2A burrowing shrew, Anourosorex squamipes, of mountain forests in eastern and southern Asia.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Spencer Baird (1823–1887), zoologist and scientific administrator. From mole + shrew.