tenrec

tenrec

[ten-rek]
noun
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:
1720–30; < French < Malagasy tàndraka

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tenrec (ˈtɛnrɛk)
 
n
any small mammal, such as Tenrec ecaudatus (tailless tenrec), of the Madagascan family Tenrecidae, resembling hedgehogs or shrews: order Insectivora (insectivores)
 
[C18: via French from Malagasy tràndraka]

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tenrec

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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