Definition of hardishrew in US English:

hardishrew

noun

English Regional, West Midlands
rare
  • A shrew (genus Sorex).

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Philemon Holland (1552–1637), translator. Apparently from hardy + shrew, perhaps as a folk-etymological alteration of earth-shrew (although this is first attested slightly later).

Pronunciation

hardishrew

/ˈhɑːdɪʃruː/