- a nocturnal, nesting lemur, Varecia variegata, native to Madagascar, having black and white fur and a mane: an endangered species.
Origin of vari
First recorded in 1765–75, vari is from the Malagasy word vàrika
Also called ruffed lemur.
- variant of vario- before a vowel.
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Examples from the Web for vari
Taken in powder, it cures the vari, or wandering gout, as we are assured by Wierus.
The other most important work of Cassiodorus is the collection of letters called the Vari, in twelve books.Theodoric the Goth
My ancestors has all bin helthy people, tho' their pursoots in life has been vari's.The Complete Works of Artemus Ward
Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)
Some of them I have not elsewhere met with, and others present vari lectiones of an interesting character.
The voice of the vari is somewhat like the roaring of the lion, and is very alarming to those who hear it for the first time.Buffon's Natural History. Volume VIII (of 10)
Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon