[ ten-rek ]
/ ˈtɛn rɛk /


any of several insectivorous mammals of the family Tenrecidae, of Madagascar, having a long, pointed snout, certain species of which are spiny and tailless.
Also tanrec.

Origin of tenrec

1720–30; < French < Malagasy tàndraka
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/ (ˈtɛnrɛk) /


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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