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tenrec Line breaks: ten¦rec
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛnrɛk/

Definition of tenrec in English:


A small insectivorous mammal native to Madagascar, different kinds of which resemble hedgehogs, shrews, or small otters.
  • Several genera in the family Tenrecidae: many species
Example sentences
  • Afrotheria is a newly recognized taxon comprising elephants, hyraxes, sea cows, aardvarks, golden moles, tenrecs, and elephant shrews.
  • Even comprehensive analyses have not clarified phylogenetic relationships among aardvarks, tenrecs, golden moles, and elephant shrews.
  • Small, spiny, pointy-nosed creatures known as tenrecs are the equivalents of shrews, moles and hedgehogs.


Late 18th century: from French tanrec, from Malagasy tàndraka.

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