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loris

[lawr-is, lohr-] /ˈlɔr ɪs, ˈloʊr-/
noun, plural loris.
1.
Also called slender loris. a small, slender, tailless, large-eyed, nocturnal lemur, Loris gracilis, of southern India and Sri Lanka.
2.
Also called slow loris. a similar but stockier lemur of the genus Nycticebus, of southeastern Asia: N. pygmaeus is a threatened species.
Origin of loris
1765-1775
1765-75; < New Latin < Dutch loeris simpleton, equivalent to loer stupid person (< French lourd < Latin lūridus lurid) + -is -ish1
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  • “No use in that, loris,” commented his god-mother, out 11 of his hearing.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • She could only gaze into loris' upturned face in mute despair.

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  • loris used his influence with the authorities to keep Joseph in durance.

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  • With a cry of fury, he fell upon loris and endeavored to tear him from his victim.

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  • loris was wounded in the side, but the ball striking a rib glanced off.

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  • What a surprise he will be to loris and how he will enjoy having a playmate!

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  • loris, my pet, how would you like a little boy to play with?

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  • loris was the first to enter, and his companions were not slow in following his example.

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  • loris was for a moment too astonished to offer any resistance.

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  • Grech, a police officer, plans to take loris after all the guests have left.

British Dictionary definitions for loris

loris

/ˈlɔːrɪs/
noun (pl) -ris
1.
any of several omnivorous nocturnal slow-moving prosimian primates of the family Lorisidae, of S and SE Asia, esp Loris tardigradus (slow loris) and Nycticebus coucang (slender loris), having vestigial digits and no tails
Word Origin
C18: from French; of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for loris
n.

small primate of Sri Lanka, 1774, from French loris (Buffon), of unknown origin, said to be from obsolete Dutch loeris "booby, clown."

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