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
Lemurs are found only on Madagascar off the southeast coast of Africa.
That's why breeding lemurs in zoos is so critical,'' Eparvier stated.
Today's Madagascar is the land of lemurs, big-eyed creatures among the most huggable on the planet.
Spanning 8 acres, Africa Rocks will house African penguins, baboons, lemurs, monkeys, and, for the first time in the zoo’s history, sharks.
In addition to the penguins, Africa Rocks will highlight baboons, lemurs that can leap across expanses of 40 feet and monkeys that live in social groups led by the females.
To be able to follow an Indri lemur leaping through the forest was amazing or walking with a Komodo dragon hopefully allowed people to feel closer to each of the characters.
The series followed Bear, who yes, lived in the Big Blue House in Woodland Valley, and his adventures with his friends Ojo the bear cub, Tutter the mouse, Treelo the lemur, Shadow the shadow girl, and otters named Pip and Pop.
There were giraffes, lemurs, monkeys, cheetahs, gazelles, antelope, and hyenas.
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Origin and Etymology of lemur
New Latin, from Latin lemures, plural, ghosts
First Known Use: 1795See Words from the same year
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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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