from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several small arboreal, mostly nocturnal primates chiefly of the family Lemuridae of Madagascar and adjacent islands, having large eyes, a long slim muzzle, and a long tail.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any prosimian of the infraorder Lemuriformes, native only to Madagascar and some surrounding islands.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of a family (Lemuridæ) of nocturnal mammals allied to the monkeys, but of small size, and having a sharp and foxlike muzzle, and large eyes. They feed upon birds, insects, and fruit, and are mostly natives of Madagascar and the neighboring islands, one genus (Galago) occurring in Africa. The slow lemur or kukang of the East Indies is Nycticebus tardigradus. See galago, indris, and colugo.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of Lemuridæ and Lemurinæ.
- n. A member of the genus Lemur, in the widest sense; anylemurine, lemuroid, or prosimian.
- n. Some animal like a lemur. See flying-lemur and Galeopithecus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large-eyed arboreal prosimian having foxy faces and long furry tails
New Latin Lemur, genus name, back-formation from Latin Lemurēs, lemures (from their ghostly appearance and their nocturnal habits).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin lemurēs (pl. only), "spirits of the night" (probably from the animals' nocturnal behaviour/behavior and large, reflective eyes). (Wiktionary)