Definition of Scandentia in English:


plural noun

  • A small order of mammals which comprises the tree shrews.

    • ‘First, the superorder Archonta comprising Chiroptera, Dermoptera (flying lemurs), Primata, and Scandentia (tree shrews) is erroneous.’
    • ‘Tree shrews and elephant shrews have also sometimes been placed in this order; now, however, they are now classified separately (orders Scandentia and Macroscelidea, respectively).’
    • ‘Euarchontoglires is composed of the orders Primates, Rodentia, Lagomorpha (rabbits, hares, and pikas), Scandentia (tree shrews), and Dermoptera (flying lemurs).’
    • ‘For most of the past century, scientists thought they were primitive primates, but more recent evidence shows that these mammals form an order of their own, the Scandentia.’
    • ‘Perhaps surprisingly, bats are also related to the Primates, the mammal taxon that includes lemurs, monkeys, apes, and humans; and to the Scandentia, the Asian tropical tree shrews.’


Modern Latin (plural), from Latin scandent- ‘climbing’, from the verb scandere.