Definition of tarsier in English:


Line breaks: tar|sier
Pronunciation: /ˈtɑːsɪə


A small insectivorous, tree-dwelling, nocturnal primate with very large eyes, a long tufted tail, and very long hindlimbs, native to the islands of SE Asia.
  • Family Tarsiidae and genus Tarsius, suborder Prosimii: four species
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  • Only in recent decades have prosimians - a suborder of primates that includes lemurs, lorises, bushbabies, and tarsiers - begun to be studied systematically.
  • Besides gibbons, singing primates include the Madagascan lemurs called indris, the tarsiers of Sulawesi, and the tiff monkeys of South America.
  • It could be a marsupial rat or mole or something opossumlike, or a rodent, insectivore, or even a primate akin to a tarsier or loris.


late 18th century: from French, from tarse 'tarsus', with reference to the animal's long tarsal bones.

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