tarsier

[tahr-see-er, -see-ey]
noun
a small, arboreal, nocturnal primate of the genus Tarsius, of Indonesia and the Philippines, having a long thin tail, very large immobile eyes, and prominent pads on the fingers and toes: all populations are dwindling.

Origin:
1765–75; < French, equivalent to tarse tarsus + -ier -ier2

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tarsier (ˈtɑːsɪə)
 
n
any of several nocturnal arboreal prosimian primates of the genus Tarsius, of Indonesia and the Philippines, having huge eyes, long hind legs, and digits ending in pads to facilitate climbing: family Tarsiidae
 
[C18: from French, from tarse the flat of the foot; see tarsus]

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The rarely seen tarsier has tiny, pointed teeth for crunching through its prey.
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