ring-tailed lemur


: a gray or brownish lemur (Lemur catta) of south and southwestern Madagascar that has a white face with black muzzle and black triangular eye patches and a long tail with alternating bands of black and white

Note: The ring-tailed lemur is less arboreal than other lemurs, spending a good deal of time during the day on the ground.

Word History

First Known Use

1790, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ring-tailed lemur was in 1790

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“Ring-tailed lemur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ring-tailed%20lemur. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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