Definition of indri in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈindrē/

noun (plural indris /ˈindrēz/)

A large, short-tailed Madagascan lemur that jumps from tree to tree in an upright position and rarely comes to the ground.
  • Indri indri, family Indriidae.
Example sentences
  • They range in size from the 2.5-inch pygmy mouse lemur (the world's smallest primate) to the indri, which is the size of a small child.
  • Previous research on the brains of these animals had shown that indris have a much smaller olfactory bulb than do other lemurs.
  • By contrast, not only did indris do much less scent marking in general, but also, during all my hours of observation, I never saw a single instance of overmarking.


Mid 19th century: from Malagasy indry! 'behold!' or indry izy! 'there he is!', mistaken for its name. The Malagasy name is babakoto.

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Syllabification: in·dri

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