Definition of Scandentia in English:


plural noun

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

    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Euarchontoglires is composed of the orders Primates, Rodentia, Lagomorpha (rabbits, hares, and pikas), Scandentia (tree shrews), and Dermoptera (flying lemurs).’
    • ‘First, the superorder Archonta comprising Chiroptera, Dermoptera (flying lemurs), Primata, and Scandentia (tree shrews) is erroneous.’
    • ‘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.’


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