tarsier

[ tahr-see-er, -see-ey ]
/ ˈtɑr si ər, -siˌeɪ /

noun

any member of the three genera (Carlito, Cephalopachus, Tarsius) of the family Tarsiidae, inhabiting Indonesia, the Philippines, and other Southeast Asian islands, characterized as a small, arboreal, nocturnal primate with velvety fur, very large eyes, a long tail, and very long hind limbs: all populations are dwindling and considered vulnerable to extinction.

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Origin of tarsier

First recorded in 1770–75; from French, equivalent to tarse “ankle bones, tarsus” + -ier; so named for its extremely long tarsi by Georges Buffon; see origin at tarsus, -ier2
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British Dictionary definitions for tarsier

tarsier
/ (ˈtɑːsɪə) /

noun

any of several nocturnal arboreal prosimian primates of the genus Tarsius, of Indonesia and the Philippines, having huge eyes, long hind legs, and digits ending in pads to facilitate climbing: family Tarsiidae

Word Origin for tarsier

C18: from French, from tarse the flat of the foot; see tarsus
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