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tenrec

[ ten-rek ]
/ ˈtɛn rɛk /
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noun
any of several insectivorous mammals of the family Tenrecidae, of Madagascar, having a long, pointed snout, certain species of which are spiny and tailless.
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Origin of tenrec

1720–30; <French <Malagasy tàndraka
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British Dictionary definitions for tenrec

tenrec
/ (ˈtɛnrɛk) /

noun
any small mammal, such as Tenrec ecaudatus (tailless tenrec), of the Madagascan family Tenrecidae, resembling hedgehogs or shrews: order Insectivora (insectivores)

Word Origin for tenrec

C18: via French from Malagasy tràndraka
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