- a small, arboreal, nocturnal primate of the genus Tarsius, of Indonesia and the Philippines, having a long thin tail, very large immobile eyes, and prominent pads on the fingers and toes: all populations are dwindling.
Origin of tarsier
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Altogether, the tarsier scarcely looks like an animal at all.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History
The Tarsier seldom makes any kind of noise, but when it does emit a sound, it is a sharp, shrill call.A Hand-book to the Primates, Volume 1 (of 2)
Henry O. Forbes
Contrary to what is found in many Lemurs, the Tarsier is a silent creature, and at most emits a "sharp, shrill call."The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
They looked something like the eyes of an Earthian tarsier, but the tarsier were bloody little beasts.Black Eyes and the Daily Grind
A little animal, the Tarsier, which is found on the islands of Celebes and Borneo, is very exceptional in its structure.
- 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
C18: from French, from tarse the flat of the foot; see tarsus
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