Definition of loris in English:

loris

Syllabification: lo·ris
Pronunciation: /ˈlôris
 
/

noun (plural lorises)

A small, slow-moving nocturnal primate with a short or absent tail, living in dense vegetation in southern Asia.
  • Genera Loris and Nycticebus, family Lorisidae, suborder Prosimii: the slender loris (L. tardigradus) of southern India and Sri Lanka, and the slow loris (genus Nycticebus, two species) of Southeast Asia
More example sentences
  • Only in recent decades have prosimians - a suborder of primates that includes lemurs, lorises, bushbabies, and tarsiers - begun to be studied systematically.
  • Primate species are gibbons, langurs, lorises and macaques.
  • However, some primates such as apes, spider monkeys, and lorises have morphological and behavioral specializations that may enhance efficiency during vertical climbing.

Origin

late 18th century: from French, perhaps from obsolete Dutch loeris 'clown'.

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