[ tahr-see-er, -see-ey ]
/ ˈtɑr si ər, -siˌeɪ /
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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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See also haplorhine.

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

/ (ˈtɑːsɪə) /

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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