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lemur Line breaks: lemur
Pronunciation: /ˈliːmə/

Definition of lemur in English:

noun

An arboreal primate with a pointed snout and typically a long tail, found only in Madagascar. Compare with flying lemur.
Example sentences
  • Even endangered species, like Diana monkeys, lemurs, and gibbons, are for sale.
  • Primitive primates called lemurs fill the ecological roles of woodpeckers, squirrels and monkeys.
  • Primates including forest-dwelling ancestors of today's lemurs and tarsiers flourished in the trees.

Origin

Late 18th century: modern Latin, from Latin lemures (plural) 'spirits of the dead' (from its spectre-like face).

Words that rhyme with lemur

beamer, blasphemer, Colima, creamer, dreamer, emphysema, femur, Iwo Jima, Kagoshima, Lima, oedema (US edema), ottava rima, Pima, reamer, redeemer, schema, schemer, screamer, seamer, Selima, steamer, streamer, terza rima, Tsushima

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