lemur Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun large-eyed arboreal prosimian having foxy faces and long furry tails


Le"mur noun
L., a ghost, specter. So called on account of its habit of going abroad by night.
  1. (Zoöl.) One of a family (Lemuridæ) of nocturnal mammals allied to the monkeys, but of small size, and having a sharp and foxlike muzzle, and large eyes. They feed upon birds, insects, and fruit, and are mostly natives of Madagascar and the neighboring islands, one genus (Galago) occurring in Africa. The slow lemur or kukang of the East Indies is Nycticebus tardigradus. See Galago, Indris, and Colugo.

Webster 1913