American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A nocturnal lemur (Daubentonia madagascariensis) native to northern Madagascar, having prominent ears, a long bushy tail, and rodentlike teeth.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name of a remarkable lemurine quadruped of Madagascar, of the suborder Prosimiæ, family Daubentoniidæ (or Chiromyidæ), the Daubentonia (or Chiromys) madagascariensis, which combines a rodent-like dentition with the general characters of the lemurs. It was originally referred to the Rodentia, and was described as a species of Sciurus, or squirrel. It is a small squirrel-like animal (so far as its long bushy tail, general configuration, and arboreal habits may warrant the comparison), with large thin ears opening forward, great eyes looking forward, a very peculiar physiognomy, and an attenuated middle finger, which seems as if withered. The thumb is not apposable, in which respect it is unlike the inner digit of the foot. The animal is nocturnal, arboreal, and peculiar to Madagascar. Its economy is still imperfectly known. The meaningless name aye-aye was in 1802 or 1803 made a barbarous generic name by Lacépède. The genus is usually called by the name Chiromys, given by Cuvier in 1800, but this is antedated by Daubentonia, applied by Étienne Geoffroy St. Hilaire in 1798. See
- n. A singular nocturnal quadruped, of the family Daubentoniidae, allied to the lemurs, found in Madagascar remarkable for its long fingers, sharp nails, and rodent-like incisor teeth.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A singular nocturnal quadruped, allied to the lemurs, found in Madagascar (Cheiromys Madagascariensis), remarkable for its long fingers, sharp nails, and rodent-like incisor teeth.
- n. nocturnal lemur with long bony fingers and rodent-like incisor teeth closely related to the lemurs
- From French aye-aye, from Malagasy hay-hay, ahay, or aiay. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Malagasy aiay, probably imitative of its cry. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I always thought the pictures of the aye-aye circulating around the net where photo manipulation.”
“Think reusable tote bags stamped with the aye-aye, with the tag line, "You may be ugly, but Oprah cares.”
“Brian Verrelli and his ASU team have performed the first sweeping, genetic evolutionary study of color vision in the aye-aye (pronounced "eye-eye"), a bushy-tailed, Madagascar native primate.”
“I think the book was the first to introduce to the world the marvellous diversity of wildlife on Madagascar - and, incidentally, the aye-aye.”
“Music:trust no one ...a baby aye-aye at Denver Zoo, by the good offices of the Telegraph's `Animal Pictures Of The Week' feature, a fecund source of LOLs and sigs.”
“One of the most unusual lemur species is the aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis, EN), which has huge ears, shaggy fur, continuously growing incisors (like a rodent), and a very thin middle finger on each hand, that together with its large ears are used for catching woodboring insect larvae or excavating coconuts.”
“The simple truth is this: We have all been riding the Exxon Valdez for eight years, and McCain has done nothing but say 'aye-aye' to the drunken skipper.”
“There is also an unconfirmed report of aye-aye Daubentonia madagascariensis being seen just outside the reserve near Bekopaka.”
“The lemurs and other primates at far right are among the best here: there's an aye-aye, a sifaka, indri and others.”
“While millions of dollars have gone into saving the last three thousand pandas just because they're cute, at least one sorry creature—the aye-aye—is bound for extinction because it's ugly.”
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