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[tahr-see-er, -see-ey] /ˈtɑr si ər, -siˌeɪ/
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 of tarsier
1765-75; < French, equivalent to tarse tarsus + -ier -ier2 Unabridged
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  • The rarely seen tarsier has tiny, pointed teeth for crunching through its prey.
British Dictionary definitions for tarsier


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
Word Origin
C18: from French, from tarse the flat of the foot; see tarsus
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