: a small primitive nocturnal forest-dwelling primate (Daubentonia madagascariensis) of northern Madagascar that has a round head, large eyes and ears, and long thin fingers

Examples of aye-aye in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When an aye-aye picks its nose, its finger travels through the sinus, into the throat, and into the mouth. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 21 Jan. 2023

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Word History


French, from Malagasy aiay

First Known Use

1781, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aye-aye was in 1781

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“Aye-aye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aye-aye. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a lemur of Madagascar that has large eyes and ears and is active at night

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