One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
mole shrew/ˈməʊl ʃruː/
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