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[lawr-is, lohr-] /ˈlɔr ɪs, ˈloʊr-/
noun, plural loris.
Also called slender loris. a small, slender, tailless, large-eyed, nocturnal lemur, Loris gracilis, of southern India and Sri Lanka.
Also called slow loris. a similar but stockier lemur of the genus Nycticebus, of southeastern Asia: N. pygmaeus is a threatened species.
Origin of loris
1765-75; < New Latin < Dutch loeris simpleton, equivalent to loer stupid person (< French lourd < Latin lūridus lurid) + -is -ish1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I asked; but even as I spoke my memory was returning, and I knew she must mean the miniature loris had given me.

    The Red Symbol John Ironside
  • “No use in that, loris,” commented his god-mother, out 11 of his hearing.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • This creature, when its history was better known, was believed to be not far removed in the system from the lemurs and loris.

    Heads and Tales Various
  • What a surprise he will be to loris and how he will enjoy having a playmate!

    Rabbi and Priest Milton Goldsmith
  • The others rode up, Anne and loris first, the men straggling after.

    The Red Symbol John Ironside
  • loris, my pet, how would you like a little boy to play with?

    Rabbi and Priest Milton Goldsmith
  • loris had no one to advise her save himself and the presence of Drew had tied his tongue.

    Whispering Wires Henry Leverage
  • loris used his influence with the authorities to keep Joseph in durance.

    Rabbi and Priest Milton Goldsmith
  • At this stage several companies of soldiers, headed by loris Drentell, appeared upon the scene.

    Rabbi and Priest Milton Goldsmith
  • loris was the first to enter, and his companions were not slow in following his example.

    Rabbi and Priest Milton Goldsmith
British Dictionary definitions for loris


noun (pl) -ris
any of several omnivorous nocturnal slow-moving prosimian primates of the family Lorisidae, of S and SE Asia, esp Loris tardigradus (slow loris) and Nycticebus coucang (slender loris), having vestigial digits and no tails
Word Origin
C18: from French; of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for loris

small primate of Sri Lanka, 1774, from French loris (Buffon), of unknown origin, said to be from obsolete Dutch loeris "booby, clown."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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