Definition of lemur
: 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
Recent Examples of lemur from the Web
Wild Florida features lemurs, zebras, watusi, bobcats, sloths, and other exotic animals.
A murder of crows, a flamboyance of flamingos and a conspiracy of lemurs: These are all fun and somewhat fitting names for these groups of animals.
The new exhibit is home to more than 40 species of mammals, reptiles and birds, including baboons, monkeys, lemurs, crocodiles, leopards, penguins and sharks.
The fact that Darwinius seemed to lack a grooming claw on the second toe could therefore be construed as supporting evidence for a closer relationship with anthropoids than lemurs.
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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
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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