from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various insectivorous mammals of the family Tenrecidae, of Madagascar and adjacent islands, similar to the hedgehog but having a long pointed snout and often no tail.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several diverse small mammals, of the family Tenrecidae, many native to Madagascar.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small insectivore (Centetes ecaudatus), native of Madagascar, but introduced also into the islands of Bourbon and Mauritius; -- called also tanrec. The name is applied to other allied genera. See tendrac.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Madagascar hedgehog; any insectivorous mammal of the family Centetidæ, as Centetes ecaudatus, Ericulus spinosus, and Echinops telfairi. The rice-tenrec is Oryzoryctes hova. Also tang. See cut under sokinah.
- n. [capitalized] [NL. (Lacépède. 1798), and in the form Tanrecus (Desmarest, 1825).] A generic name for the species of Centetidæ: same as Centetes in a former broad sense.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small often spiny insectivorous mammal of Madagascar; resembles a hedgehog
French, from Malagasy tandraka.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)