Definition of aye-aye in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈʌɪʌɪ


  • A rare nocturnal Madagascan primate related to the lemurs. It has rodent-like incisor teeth and an elongated twig-like finger on each hand with which it prises insects from bark.
    • Daubentonia madagascariensis, the only member of the family Daubentoniidae
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    • Fossils suggest that lemurs, bush babies, lorises, aye-ayes, and their relatives (the prosimians) split off from the ancestors of monkeys and apes around 55 million years ago.
    • So do wombats, hyraxes, aye-ayes, and lagomorphs, to give a few examples chosen from modern mammals.
    • They open a hole with their rodent-like incisors and extract their prey with their elongated fourth finger and long tongue - a manner of foraging very much like the primates, aye-ayes.


late 18th century: from French, from Malagasy aiay.

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