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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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Kenny Coogan, CPBT-KA, is a pet and garden columnist and has authored an ecological themed children's book titled "A Tenrec Named Trey (And other odd lettered animals that like to play).
And, on Tuesday March 29 and Thursday March 31, there will be a chance to meet Rocky the Bearded Dragon, Kaa the Sand Boa and Jovi the Tenrec from 1.
Dry forests also contribute directly to ensuring food security of forest-dependent communi ties: the consumption of Tenrec ecaudatus (Schreber 1778) meat in the dry forests of Menabe reaches 0.
He is a regular pet and garden magazine contributor and has authored a children's book titled A Tenrec Named Trey (and other odd-lettered animals that like to play).
the tailless tenrec [Tenrec ecaudatus] are present both in rural and urban settings (5).
Globally, many common names of mammals (as designated by the Oxford English Dictionary) have originated either from first nations, for example pika (Siberia), yak (Tibet), pangolin and orang-utan (Malaya), cheetah (Hindu), zebra and chimpanzee (Congo), tenrec (Madagascar), skunk and kinkajou (North America), puma, tapir and coypu (South America), and kangaroo (north-east Australia), or from their European conquerors, for example sheep (Anglo-Saxon), springbok (Cape Dutch), armadillo (Spanish) and hippopotamus (Greek).
Only one species of mammal, the streaked tenrec, is known to stridulate by rubbing its quills together
After tickling the tapirs, the kids got to handle a skunk, a bearded dragon and a hedgehog-like cutie called a tenrec.
DISPUTED TENREC Among the nine mammals a added in August to the list of NHGRI sequencing targets, the least familiar is probably the lesser hedgehog tenrec (Echinops telfairi).
All insectivorous mammals, such as aardvark, anteater, shrew, gymnure, desman, tenrec, mole, and hedgehog.