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[ 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.

Nearby words

tenpenny, tenpin, tenpin bowling, tenpins, tenpounder, tenrec, tens, tensas, tense, tense logic, tensegrity
Also tanrec.

Origin of tenrec

1720–30; < French < Malagasy tàndraka Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 6|Various
  • In the tenrec similarly situated glands discharge by pores opening at the bottom of deep pits.

British Dictionary definitions for tenrec


/ (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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