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noun le·mur \ˈlē-mər\

Definition of lemur

  1. :  any of various arboreal chiefly nocturnal primates (superfamily Lemuroidea) that were formerly widespread but are now largely confined to Madagascar and that usually have a longish muzzle, large eyes, very soft woolly fur, and a long furry tail

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Origin and Etymology of lemur

New Latin, from Latin lemures, plural, ghosts


First Known Use: 1795


LEMUR Defined for English Language Learners

lemur

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noun le·mur \ˈlē-mər\

Definition of lemur for English Language Learners

  • : an animal that is related to monkeys and that lives in trees mostly in Madagascar


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