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ten·rec(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.]
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(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]
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any shrewlike, usu. spiny insectivore of the family Tenrecidae, of Madagascar.
[1720–30; < French < Malagasy tàndraka]
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|Noun||1.||tenrec - small often spiny insectivorous mammal of Madagascar; resembles a hedgehog|
insectivore - small insect-eating mainly nocturnal terrestrial or fossorial mammals
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