si·​faka | \sə-ˈfa-kə \

Definition of sifaka 

: any of several diurnal mostly black-and-white lemurs (genus Propithecus) with a long tail and silky fur

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Meanwhile, the Coquerel’s sifaka, which mainly subsists on plant leaves full of indigestible cellulose, can take up to 24 hours to digest. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "What Lemur Guts Can Tell Us About Human Bowel Disease," 12 Dec. 2017

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1845, in the meaning defined above

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