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Northern Short-tailed Shrew
2007-01-10 12:43:39

The northern short-tailed shrew (Blarina brevicauda) is a large shrew found in central and eastern North America. It is found from southern Saskatchewan to Atlantic Canada and south to Nebraska and Georgia. At one time, this species and the southern short-tailed shrew were considered to be a single species. It is slate grey in color with a light belly. Its body is about 3.94 in (10 cm) long...

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mitraille
  • Small missiles, especially grape, canister, fragments of iron, and the like, when fired, as upon an enemy at close quarters.
  • To fire mitraille at.
The word 'mitraille' comes from the Old French 'mitaille', meaning 'small coins', sometimes used to mean 'scrap iron'.