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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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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