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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Insectivora  \In`sec*tiv"o*ra\,  n.  pl  [NL.,  from  L.  insectum  an 
  insect  +  vorare  to  devour.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  1.  An  order  of  mammals  which  feed  principally  upon  insects. 
 
  Note:  They  are  mostly  of  small  size,  and  their  molar  teeth 
  have  sharp  cusps.  Most  of  the  species  burrow  in  the 
  earth,  and  many  of  those  of  cold  climates  hibernate  in 
  winter.  The  order  includes  the  moles,  shrews, 
  hedgehogs,  tanrecs,  and  allied  animals,  also  the 
  colugo. 
 
  2.  A  division  of  the  Cheiroptera,  including  the  common  or 
  insect-eating  bats. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Insectivora 
  n  :  shrews;  moles;  hedgehogs;  tenrecs  [syn:  {Insectivora},  {order 
  Insectivora}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  INSECTIVORA,  n. 
 
  "See,"  cries  the  chorus  of  admiring  preachers, 
  "How  Providence  provides  for  all  His  creatures!" 
  "His  care,"  the  gnat  said  "even  the  insects  follows: 
  For  us  He  has  provided  wrens  and  swallows." 
  Sempen  Railey 
 
 




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