indri

indri

[in-dree]
noun, plural indris.
a short-tailed lemur, Indri indri, of Madagascar, about 2 feet (60 cm) in length: an endangered species.

Origin:
1830–40; < French indri < Malagasy indry look!, wrongly taken as animal's name

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indris or indri (ˈɪndrɪs, ˈɪndrɪ)
 
n , pl -dris
1.  a large Madagascan arboreal lemuroid primate, Indri indri, with thick silky fur patterned in black, white, and fawn: family Indriidae
2.  woolly indris a related nocturnal Madagascan animal, Avahi laniger, with thick grey-brown fur and a long tail
 
[C19: from French: lemur, from Malagasy indry! look! mistaken for the animal's name]
 
indri or indri
 
n
 
[C19: from French: lemur, from Malagasy indry! look! mistaken for the animal's name]

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indri
1839, European name for the babakoto, a lemur-like arboreal primate of Madagascar (Indris Lichanotus); the name given in error by Fr. naturalist Sonnerat, c.1780, from mistaken use of Malagasy indry! "look! See!" Evidently this was what his native guides said when the spotted the creature and called
his attention to it.
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indri

slender, long-limbed primate found in the forests of Madagascar. The largest of the lemurs, it is 60-70 cm (24-28 inches) long, with a rudimentary tail and large hands and feet. The round head has a pointed face and round, furry ears. Its fur is black, with white on the head, throat, forearms, and buttocks; the relative proportions of white and black vary geographically. Active during the day and thoroughly arboreal, the indri clings to trees and climbs in an upright position as it feeds on leaves, fruit, flowers, and other vegetation.

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