bush baby


Definition of bush baby

: any of several small nocturnal arboreal African primates (Galago and related genera of the family Lorisidae) with large eyes, long ears, a long tail, and elongated hind limbs that enable them to leap with great agility

called also galago

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bush baby or galago

Examples of bush baby in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Romance Was Born, with its waratarah florals and bush baby dresses, was especially missed on this front. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Swim, Sunnies, and Sustainability—What’s Up at Sydney’s Annual Resort Fashion Week," 21 May 2019 The man blew the coal into flame, built a fire, and laid the bush baby and the squirrels on top of it. WSJ, "Hunting in Tanzania the Way Our Earliest Ancestors Did," 9 Oct. 2018 When the bush baby was medium-rare, the cook tore off one of its arms and handed it to me. WSJ, "Hunting in Tanzania the Way Our Earliest Ancestors Did," 9 Oct. 2018 His further research determined that nature's best continuous jumper is the galago, or bush baby, a nocturnal primate native to Africa. Erin Biba, Scientific American, "This Adorable Mammal Inspired a More Agile Robot," 1 May 2017 The team recorded calls of several bush babies at three forest sites in western Angola, then compared the recordings with teeth and jaws from museum specimens. Elena Bersacola, National Geographic, "New Dwarf Primate Found, Is Giant Among Its Kin," 1 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of bush baby

1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Bush baby.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bush%20baby. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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