Tenrec meaning

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Any of various insectivorous often nocturnal mammals of the family Tenrecidae of Madagascar and parts of central Africa.
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Any of a family (Tenrecidae) of small, burrowing insectivores of Madagascar and the Comoro Islands.
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A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Tenrecinae — the single species Tenrec ecaudatus.
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Origin of tenrec

  • French from Malagasy tandraka

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition