EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural lo·ris. Also called slender loris. a small, slender, tailless, large-eyed, nocturnal lemur, Loris gracilis, of southern India and Sri Lanka. Also called slow loris. a similar but stockier lemur of the genus Nycticebus, of southeastern Asia: N. pygmaeus is a threatened species. Origin of loris 1765–75;
simpleton, equivalent to
stupid person (<
Latin lūridus lurid
-is -ish 1
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“No use in that,
Loris,” commented his god-mother, out 11 of his hearing.
She could only gaze into
Loris' upturned face in mute despair. Loris used his influence with the authorities to keep Joseph in durance.
With a cry of fury, he fell upon
Loris and endeavored to tear him from his victim. Loris was wounded in the side, but the ball striking a rib glanced off. British Dictionary definitions for loris noun plural -ris any of several omnivorous nocturnal slow-moving prosimian primates of the family Lorisidae, of S and SE Asia, esp Loris tardigradus ( slow loris) and Nycticebus coucang ( slender loris), having vestigial digits and no tails Word Origin for loris
C18: from French; of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for loris n.
small primate of Sri Lanka, 1774, from French
loris (Buffon), of unknown origin, said to be from obsolete Dutch loeris "booby, clown."
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