from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical and only genus of the family Chiromyidæ, containing the aye-aye (which see). It is the current name of the genus, but is a synonym of the prior Daubentonia. Also Cheiromys.
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This strange quadruped was named by a word which meant "handed-mouse," for such is the signification of _chiromys_, or _cheiromys_, as it used to be spelled.