- 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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The aye-aye, in every point of its structure, like every created thing, is full of design.Heads and Tales
Strange to say, the natives of Madagascar are much afraid of the aye-aye.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History
For example, a Christian wrote to me about an animal called the aye-aye.God and my Neighbour
But he and Cassandra were absorbed in the aye-aye once more.Night and Day
Aye-aye (ī-ī; Cheirŏmys madagascariensis), an animal of Madagascar, so called from its cry; now referred to the lemur family.
- 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
C18: from French, from Malagasy aiay, probably of imitative origin
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