aye aye

aye-aye

[ahy-ahy]
noun
a nocturnal lemur, Daubentonia madagascariensis, of Madagascar, feeding on insects and fruit, and having rodentlike incisors and long fingers: an endangered species.

Origin:
1775–85; < French < Malagasy aiay, probably imitative of its cry

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aye-aye (ˈaɪˌaɪ)
 
n
a rare nocturnal arboreal prosimian primate of Madagascar, Daubentonia madagascariensis, related to the lemurs: family Daubentoniidae. It has long bony fingers and rodent-like incisor teeth adapted for feeding on insect larvae and bamboo pith
 
[C18: from French, from Malagasy aiay, probably of imitative origin]

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