One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An obsolete order of small mammals that comprises the shrews, moles, hedgehogs, tenrecs, moonrats, and solenodons. They are distinguished by mainly terrestrial habits and an insectivorous diet.
- ‘Members of one order, the Insectivora, feed almost entirely on invertebrates, especially insects.’
- ‘Among the Insectivora, many of the talpid moles (order Insectivora, family Talpidae) of Eurasia and North America are fossorial.’
- ‘Once considered a divergent family of the order Insectivora, elephant shrews are now placed in their own order, the Macroscelidea.’
- ‘Like elephant shrews, tree shrews have often been considered a divergent family of Insectivora.’
- ‘Thus, for example, the jugal is reduced or absent in the Monotremata and Insectivora, while, in the Didelphimorphia and Hyracoidea, it becomes so long that it actually contributes to the jaw articulation.’
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