• WordNet 3.6
    • n tenrec small often spiny insectivorous mammal of Madagascar; resembles a hedgehog
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tenrec (Zoöl) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tenrec 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. These animals are highly characteristic of the Madagascar region. They superficially resemble ordinary hedgehogs (of the different family Erinaceidæ—compare cut under Erinaceus), but their structure is peculiar, and their nearest relatives are the West Indian solenodons.
    • n tenrec [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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tenrec ten′rek a genus of Insectivora, of one species, 12 to 16 inches long, with squat body and hardly any tail, found in Madagascar and Mauritius
    • Tenrec Also Tan′rec
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From the native name: cf. F. tanrac, tanrec, tandrec,


In literature:

They are insect-eaters, and represent in Australia the shrews and tenrecs of the Old World.
"Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found" by Mayne Reid
In the tenrec similarly situated glands discharge by pores opening at the bottom of deep pits.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 6" by Various