Definition of Tenrec

1. Noun. Small often spiny insectivorous mammal of Madagascar; resembles a hedgehog.

Exact synonyms: Tendrac
Generic synonyms: Insectivore
Group relationships: Family Tenrecidae, Tenrecidae
Specialized synonyms: Tailless Tenrec, Tenrec Ecaudatus



Definition of Tenrec

1. 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.

Definition of Tenrec

1. Noun. any of several diverse small mammals, of the family ''Tenrecidae'', native to Madagascar ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tenrec

1. a mammal that feeds on insects [n -S]

Medical Definition of Tenrec

1. 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. Origin: From the native name: cf. F. Tanrac, tanrec, tandrec. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tenrec

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tenpin bowling
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tenrec (current term)
tenrecs
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tense part of the tympanic membrane
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Literary usage of Tenrec

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1. Experimental Researches Applied to Physiology and Pathology by Charles-Edouard Brown-Séquard (1853)
"This fact is that a mammal called the tenrec, (Erinaceus ecaudatus, ... The following facts prove that the torpid sleep of. the tenrec takes place from ..."

2. On Mammalian Descent; the Hunterian Lectures for 1884: Being Nine Lectures by William Kitchen Parker (1885)
"In passing, I may remark that the tenrec is more prolific than that most ... I have heard of this creature having sixteen young at a birth; the tenrec ..."

3. Madagascar, Mauritius and the Other East-African Islands by Conrad Keller (1901)
"The domestic animals introduced by man will be treated of in another place. On the whole the mammalia are represented by harmless Madagascar tenrec ..."

4. Madagascar, Mauritius and the Other East-African Islands by Conrad Keller (1901)
"The domestic animals introduced by man will be treated of in another place. On the whole the mammalia are represented by harmless Madagascar tenrec ..."

5. The Geography of Mammals by William Lutley Sclater, Philip Lutley Sclater (1899)
"THE tenrec. (Centet"! ecaudatus.) Finally, among the Lemurs we reach the culminating point of the Fauna of this strange land. No less than eleven genera of ..."

6. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1862)
"... and 55 pupils attending a public school. It has steamboat communication with the interior by way of the Tensas river. Capital, St. Joseph. tenrec ..."

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