lemur

[ lee-mer ]
/ ˈli mər /

noun

any of various small, arboreal, chiefly nocturnal mammals of the family Lemuridae, of Madagascar and the Comoro Islands, especially of the genus Lemur, usually having large eyes, a foxlike face, and woolly fur: most lemurs are endangered.

Origin of lemur

1790–1800; < New Latin, apparently special use of Latin lemurēs (plural) ghosts, specters
Related formsle·mur·like, adjective
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lemur

/ (ˈliːmə) /

noun

any Madagascan prosimian primate of the family Lemuridae, such as Lemur catta (the ring-tailed lemur). They are typically arboreal, having foxy faces and long tails
any similar or closely related animal, such as a loris or indris
Derived Formslemur-like, adjective

Word Origin for lemur

C18: New Latin, adapted from Latin lemurēs ghosts; so named by Linnaeus for its ghost-like face and nocturnal habits
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Word Origin and History for lemur

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