from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several small nocturnal arboreal primates of the genus Tarsius, of the East Indies and the Philippines, having large round eyes, a long tail, and long fingers and toes tipped with soft disklike pads.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Used attributively as a species epithet
- n. An insectivorous primate of the Tarsiidae family, having very large eyes and long feet, native mainly to several islands of Southeast Asia.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See tarsius.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The malmag, an animal of the genus Tarsius: so called from the singular structure of the foot.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. nocturnal arboreal primate of Indonesia and the Philippines having huge eyes and digits ending in pads to facilitate climbing; the only primate that spurns all plant material as food living entirely on insects and small vertebrates
French, from tarse, tarsus (from its elongated ankles), from New Latin tarsus; see tarsus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
New Latin, from French tarsier, from Latin tarsus, from Ancient Greek ταρσός (tarsos, "wickerwork mat"; "broad, flat surface"") (Wiktionary)