aye-aye

[ahy-ahy]
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noun

a nocturnal lemur, Daubentonia madagascariensis, of Madagascar, feeding on insects and fruit, and having rodentlike incisors and long fingers: an endangered species.

Nearby words

  1. ayckbourn,
  2. aycliffe,
  3. aydelotte,
  4. aydin,
  5. aye,
  6. ayer,
  7. ayer, sir alfred jules,
  8. ayers rock,
  9. ayerza's disease,
  10. ayerza's syndrome

Origin of aye-aye

1775–85; < French < Malagasy aiay, probably imitative of its cry

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aye-aye

noun

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 for aye-aye

C18: from French, from Malagasy aiay, probably of imitative origin

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