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ten·rec

 (tĕn′rĕk′) also tan·rec (tän′-)
n.
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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tenrec

(ˈtɛnrɛk)
n
(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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ten•rec

(ˈtɛn rɛk)

n.
any shrewlike, usu. spiny insectivore of the family Tenrecidae, of Madagascar.
[1720–30; < French < Malagasy tàndraka]
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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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