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[ahy-ahy] /ˈaɪˌaɪ/
a nocturnal lemur, Daubentonia madagascariensis, of Madagascar, feeding on insects and fruit, and having rodentlike incisors and long fingers: an endangered species.
Origin of aye-aye
1775-85; < French < Malagasy aiay, probably imitative of its cry Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for aye-aye
Historical Examples
  • The aye-aye, in every point of its structure, like every created thing, is full of design.

    Heads and Tales Various
  • Strange to say, the natives of Madagascar are much afraid of the aye-aye.

  • For example, a Christian wrote to me about an animal called the aye-aye.

    God and my Neighbour Robert Blatchford
  • But he and Cassandra were absorbed in the aye-aye once more.

    Night and Day Virginia Woolf
  • aye-aye (ī-ī; Cheirŏmys madagascariensis), an animal of Madagascar, so called from its cry; now referred to the lemur family.

  • The aye-aye has a specially adapted finger for extracting insects from their hiding-places.

    The Last Harvest John Burroughs
  • After dancing and roaring till he was tired he picked up the aye-aye and marched on, talking loud.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • The tail varies from complete absence (in the Loris) to a great length and bushiness in the aye-aye.

  • aye-aye, the answer to a sentinel's hail, from a boat which has a commissioned officer on board below the rank of captain.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The third digit of the aye-aye (Chiromys) is remarkable for its extreme slenderness.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for aye-aye


a rare nocturnal arboreal prosimian primate of Madagascar, Daubentonia madagascariensis, related to the lemurs: family Daubentoniidae. It has long bony fingers and rodent-like incisor teeth adapted for feeding on insect larvae and bamboo pith
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Malagasy aiay, probably of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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