Definition of lemur in English:

lemur

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Pronunciation: /ˈliːmə
 
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noun

  • An arboreal primate with a pointed snout and typically a long tail, found only in Madagascar. Compare with flying lemur.
    • Lemuridae and other families, suborder Prosimii; includes also the sifaka, indri, and aye-aye
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    • 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).

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