loris

[ lawr-is, lohr- ]
/ ˈlɔr ɪs, ˈloʊr- /

noun

any of various small, arboreal, nocturnal mammals of the family Lorisidae, with large eyes and lacking a tail, comprising two genera, Loris (the slender lorises) and Nycticebus (the slow lorises).

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Origin of loris

First recorded in 1765–75; from New Latin; the genus name, from Dutch loeris “simpleton,” equivalent to loer “stupid person” (from French lourd “heavy, clumsy,” from Latin lūridus ) + -is; see origin at lurid,-ish1

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British Dictionary definitions for loris

loris
/ (ˈlɔːrɪs) /

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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