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 (tĕn′rĕk′) also tan·rec (tän′-)
Any of various insectivorous often nocturnal mammals of the family Tenrecidae of Madagascar and parts of central Africa.

[French, from Malagasy tandraka.]


(Animals) 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]


(ˈtɛn rɛk)

any shrewlike, usu. spiny insectivore of the family Tenrecidae, of Madagascar.
[1720–30; < French < Malagasy tàndraka]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tenrec - small often spiny insectivorous mammal of Madagascartenrec - small often spiny insectivorous mammal of Madagascar; resembles a hedgehog
insectivore - small insect-eating mainly nocturnal terrestrial or fossorial mammals
family Tenrecidae, Tenrecidae - tenrecs and extinct related forms
tailless tenrec, Tenrec ecaudatus - prolific animal that feeds chiefly on earthworms
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In March, a quartet of unusual lowland streaked tenrecs arrived at the zoo - a species experts say are unlike any other mammal on earth.
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The zoo also has four rare new arrivals called tenrecs, mysterious mammals from Madagascar and, with so little known about them, the keepers try everything they can to help them breed.
Hedgehogs are insectivores, an order of mammals that encompasses a hotchpotch of species from the ubiquitous shrews (Egypt has six species) to the exotic and often bizarre solenodons, tenrecs, moonrats and otter-shrews.
There are multiple examples of morphological overlap across various mammalian taxa, including rodents (Russo and others 2006; Lalis and others 2009), tenrecs (Olson and others 2004), and bats (Pipistrellus pipistrellus and P.
Reported risk factors included close contact with domestic pets (4 patients); presence of livestock in the surroundings (4 patients); presence of wild fauna (rats, tenrecs, dogs, cats) in the surroundings (4 patients); rat extermination (3 patients); outdoor activities, such as jogging, picnicking, walking, gardening (3 patients); or house cleaning (2 patients).
MacPhee thinks the fossilized tooth he and his team found may have belonged to an animal related to tenrecs, animals that live on Madagascar, a large island off the eastern coast of Africa.