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tenrec

[ten-rek] /ˈtɛn rɛk/
noun
1.
any of several insectivorous mammals of the family Tenrecidae, of Madagascar, having a long, pointed snout, certain species of which are spiny and tailless.
Also, tanrec.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < French < Malagasy tàndraka
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tenrec

/ˈtɛnrɛk/
noun
1.
any small mammal, such as Tenrec ecaudatus (tailless tenrec), of the Madagascan family Tenrecidae, resembling hedgehogs or shrews: order Insectivora (insectivores)
Word Origin
C18: via French from Malagasy tràndraka
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tanrec

any of 29 species of shrewlike and hedgehoglike mammals. Most are endemic to Madagascar and nearby islands, but the otter shrews (subfamily Potamogalinae) are native to the African mainland.

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