- any of several insectivorous mammals of the family Tenrecidae, of Madagascar, having a long, pointed snout, certain species of which are spiny and tailless.
Origin of tenrec
1720–30; < French < Malagasy tàndraka
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Examples from the Web for tenrec
In this family and in the tenrec most of the species are protected by spines implanted in the skin-muscle, or panniculus carnosus.
In the tenrec similarly situated glands discharge by pores opening at the bottom of deep pits.
- 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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