Definitions

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

Etymologies

French, from Malagasy tandraka.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Kerns, 25, talked about his life as a zookeeper, and as he spoke he held in his hands a tiny tenrec named Pandora.

    An interview with a zookeeper from the National Zoo

  • The insectivorous tenrec Tenrec ecaudatus, introduced to the Seychelles from Madagascar, also occurs.

    Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, Seychelles

  • As Jonathan Martin reports, Newt is playing that game too with the help of some friends from the Des Moines zoo: a baby American alligator, a hedgehog tenrec, a barred owl, a leopard gecko and a bunny.

    Happy Hour Roundup

  • As Jonathan Martin reports, Newt is playing that game too with the help of some friends from the Des Moines zoo: a baby American alligator, a hedgehog tenrec, a barred owl, a leopard gecko and a bunny. print share

    Happy Hour Roundup

  • Near-endemic mammals include the large-eared tenrec (Geogale aurita), and the lesser hedgehog tenrec (Echinops telfairi).

    Madagascar spiny thickets

  • Near-endemics include the large-eared tenrec (Geogale aurita), the lesser hedgehog tenrec (Echinops telfairi), and Coquerel's dwarf lemur (Mirza coquerli).

    Madagascar succulent woodlands

  • The main species threatened by hunting are the tenrec (Tenrec ecaudatus), fruit bats (Pteropus rufus and Eidolon helvum), and the red-fronted brown lemur.

    Madagascar succulent woodlands

  • Other near endemic mammal species living at the middle to upper reaches of eastern mountains include the rice tenrec (Oryzorictes tetradactylus), found only in the south central highlands, highland streaked tenrec (Hemicentetes nigriceps), several shrew-tenrecs (e.g. Microgale gracilis, M. gymnorhyncha, and M. monticola), and a species of tuft-tailed rat (Eliurus majori).

    Madagascar ericoid thickets

  • Somewhere between these two groups stands a missing link, a species called Cryptogale australis—in English, “the secretive southern tenrec.”

    The Song of The Dodo

  • The male tenrec has no scrotum, instead retaining its testes inside its abdomen.

    The Song of The Dodo

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