American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of Lemuridæ and Lemurinæ. It has been more than coextensive with these groups as now understood, but is now restricted to the typical Lemuridæ with a long furry tail, fox-like face, and typical dentition, such as the ring-tailed lemur, L. catta, and several other species.
- n. A member of the genus Lemur, in the widest sense; anylemurine, lemuroid, or prosimian. The ring-tailed, red, ruffed, etc., lemurs belong to the genus Lemur. Gray lemurs, with the tail as long as the body, belong to Hapalemur, as H. griseus, which is about 15 inches long. The broad-nosed lemur is Hapalemur simus. The rather small lemurs with comparatively short tail belong to Lepilemur, as L. mustelinus. Mouse-lemurs are small species of Chirogaleus. (See cut under
Chirogaleus.) Dwarf lemurs belong to Microcebus. The lemurs of continental Africa are mostly referred to the genus Galago. (See cut under Galago.) The woolly lemurs or indris form the subfamily Indrisinæ, of the genera Indris, Propithecus, and Microrhynchus; some of these are tailless. The slender lemurs or loris belong to the genus Loris or Stenops (see cuts under Loris); the slow lemurs to Nycticebus. These are Indian, extending to Java, Borneo, Sumatra, and Ceylon. The potto is an African lemur of the genus Perodicticus. The angwantibo is a tailless lemur of the genus Arctocebus.
- n. Some animal like a lemur. See flying-lemur and Galeopithecus.
- n. Any prosimian of the infraorder Lemuriformes, native only to Madagascar and some surrounding islands.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) 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.
- n. large-eyed arboreal prosimian having foxy faces and long furry tails
- From Latin lemurēs (pl. only), "spirits of the night" (probably from the animals' nocturnal behaviour/behavior and large, reflective eyes). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“Of course, the lemur is perhaps the most well-known:”
“HANNA: All right, the lemur is a very rare animal.”
“HARRIS: Or maybe I'll get -- it's what I would do with a lemur is the problem.”
“Sometimes in the evening a wild animal called a lemur rushes wildly through the house and out at the front veranda.”
“Madagascar is home to many species of lemur, which is a small aminal that looks like a cross between a monkey and a squirrel.”
“There are also huge bats, an animal of the monkey tribe called the lemur, hedgehogs, and rabbits.”
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“Well, here is another skeleton -- that of a kind of lemur -- you see he has just the same bones; and if I were to make a transverse section of it, it would be just the same again.”
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“As it was, the sandwiches hit the spot, and I was right in the middle of eating one when one of our boatmates ran into the room to tell us about a "lemur" huddled in a nearby tree.”
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