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[vah-ree, vahr-ee]
  1. a nocturnal, nesting lemur, Varecia variegata, native to Madagascar, having black and white fur and a mane: an endangered species.
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Origin of vari

First recorded in 1765–75, vari is from the Malagasy word vàrika
Also called ruffed lemur.


  1. variant of vario- before a vowel.
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Examples from the Web for vari

Historical Examples of vari

  • Taken in powder, it cures the vari, or wandering gout, as we are assured by Wierus.

    Curious Facts in the History of Insects; Including Spiders and Scorpions.

    Frank Cowan

  • The other most important work of Cassiodorus is the collection of letters called the Vari, in twelve books.

    Theodoric the Goth

    Thomas Hodgkin

  • My ancestors has all bin helthy people, tho' their pursoots in life has been vari's.

    The Complete Works of Artemus Ward

    Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)

  • Some of them I have not elsewhere met with, and others present vari lectiones of an interesting character.

  • The voice of the vari is somewhat like the roaring of the lion, and is very alarming to those who hear it for the first time.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume VIII (of 10)

    Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon