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lemur Syllabification: le·mur
Pronunciation: /ˈlēmər/

Definition of lemur in English:


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.


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

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