[ 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
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/ (ˈaɪˌaɪ) /


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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