[ vah-ree, vahr-ee ]
/ vɑˈri, ˈvɑr i /


a nocturnal, nesting lemur, Varecia variegata, native to Madagascar, having black and white fur and a mane: an endangered species.

Nearby words

  1. vargas,
  2. vargas llosa,
  3. vargas llosa, mario,
  4. varginha,
  5. vargueno,
  6. vari-,
  7. varia,
  8. varia lectio,
  9. variable,
  10. variable annuity

Origin of vari

First recorded in 1765–75, vari is from the Malagasy word vàrika

Also called ruffed lemur.


variant of vario- before a vowel. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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