lemur

noun le·mur \ ˈlē-mər \
Updated on: 15 May 2018

Definition of lemur

: any of various arboreal diurnal or nocturnal, chiefly arboreal primates (superfamily Lemuroidea) of Madagascar and the Comoros Islands that usually have a longish muzzle, large eyes, very soft woolly fur, and a long furry tail and that feed on fruit and plant parts (such as leaves, flowers, and seeds) and sometimes insects and small animals
Note: Unlike most other primates, lemurs have a well-developed sense of smell. Physical and genetic characteristics indicate that all lemurs descended from a common prosimian ancestor that arrived in Madagascar approximately 55 to 60 million years ago.

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Origin and Etymology of lemur

New Latin, from Latin lemures, plural, ghosts


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


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