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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web See the Okavango Delta after dusk Okavango Delta, Botswana Botswana’s vast Okavango Delta is home to hundreds of diverse species, including many after-dark revelers: hyenas, lions, leopards, bush babies, and pangolins, to name a few. Stephanie Vermillion, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 Feb. 2023 The Mandalorian, who does share with Gizmo wide bush baby eyes, a head shaped like a donut peach, big fennec fox ears, and endless merch potential. Vulture, 15 July 2022 In Florida, 22 animals had been tested as of early this month, including three wild dolphins, two civets, two clouded leopards, a gorilla, an orangutan, an alpaca and a bush baby, state officials said. Jonel Aleccia, CNN, 30 Oct. 2020 Romance Was Born, with its waratarah florals and bush baby dresses, was especially missed on this front. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 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, 9 Oct. 2018 When the bush baby was medium-rare, the cook tore off one of its arms and handed it to me. WSJ, 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, 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, 1 Mar. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bush baby was in 1901

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“Bush baby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bush%20baby. Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

bush baby

: any of several small African lemurs

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