• WordNet 3.6
    • n lemur large-eyed arboreal prosimian having foxy faces and long furry tails
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Black lemurs are the only primates that can have blue eyes.
    • n Lemur lē"mŭr (Zoöl) One of a family (Lemuridæ) of nocturnal mammals allied to the monkeys, but of small size, and having a sharp and foxlike muzzle, and large eyes. They feed upon birds, insects, and fruit, and are mostly natives of Madagascar and the neighboring islands, one genus (Galago) occurring in Africa. The slow lemur or kukang of the East Indies is Nycticebus tardigradus. See Galago Indris, and Colugo.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The lemur of Madagascar is one of very few of the human species' ancestors that has survived unchanged down the long corridors of evolution. Having developed after the first primates, it is classified as a prosimian, meaning "before monkey," and is one of the ancestors common to both monkeys and men.
    • n lemur The typical genus of Lemuridæ and Lemurinæ. It has been more than coextensive with these groups as now understood, but is now restricted to the typical Lemuridæ with a long furry tail, fox-like face, and typical dentition, such as the ring-tailed lemur, L. catta, and several other species.
    • n lemur A member of the genus Lemur, in the widest sense; anylemurine, lemuroid, or prosimian. The ring-tailed, red, ruffed, etc., lemurs belong to the genus Lemur. Gray lemurs, with the tail as long as the body, belong to Hapalemur, as H. griseus, which is about 15 inches long. The broad-nosed lemur is Hapalemur simus. The rather small lemurs with comparatively short tail belong to Lepilemur, as L. mustelinus. Mouse-lemurs are small species of Chirogaleus. (See cut under Chirogaleus.) Dwarf lemurs belong to Microcebus. The lemurs of continental Africa are mostly referred to the genus Galago. (See cut under Galago.) The woolly lemurs or indris form the subfamily Indrisinæ, of the genera Indris, Propithecus, and Microrhynchus; some of these are tailless. The slender lemurs or loris belong to the genus Loris or Stenops (see cuts under Loris); the slow lemurs to Nycticebus. These are Indian, extending to Java, Borneo, Sumatra, and Ceylon. The potto is an African lemur of the genus Perodicticus. The angwantibo is a tailless lemur of the genus Arctocebus.
    • n lemur Some animal like a lemur. See flying-lemur and Galeopithecus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lemur lē′mur a genus of mammals appearing to stand between the Insectivora and the monkeys, forest dwellers, mainly nocturnal in habits, common in Madagascar.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a ghost, specter. So called on account of its habit of going abroad by night
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. lemur, a ghost.


In literature:

Bonorum lares, malorum vero larvas et lemures.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
A study of their anatomy has revealed the fact that they represent a distinct group which is connected with the monkeys (lemurs).
"Camps and Trails in China" by Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
AYE-AYE, a lemur found in the woods of Madagascar.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Man is more like a gorilla than a gorilla is like a lemur.
"Lay Sermons, Addresses and Reviews" by Thomas Henry Huxley
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
Fish, batrachians, reptiles, mammals; in which latter are included the marsupials as well as lemurs, primates, Man.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
There are also huge bats, an animal of the monkey tribe called the lemur, hedgehogs, and rabbits.
"The Fugitives" by R.M. Ballantyne
The singular Ay-ay of Madagascar is sometimes classed among the squirrels and sometimes among the lemurs.
"Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found" by Mayne Reid
In America neither Pithecidae or Lemurs are found: they exclusively inhabit the Old World.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Like so many lemurs, it is completely nocturnal in its habits, living either alone or in pairs, chiefly in the bamboo forests.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various

In poetry:

Then wild in the dark let the lemurs bark,
And the leprous spires ascend;
For new and old alike in the fold
Of horror and death are penned,
For the hounds of Time to rend.
"Hallowe'en In A Suburb" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft

In news:

When researchers showed one lemur how to manipulate a simple snack machine, all other lemurs in its troop successfully performed the same trick on their first try.
How I Spent My Summer Vacation: I Met a Lemur .
New modules in the JazzMutant Lemur 's latest OS can add continuous, dynamic effects modulation to a song or instrument part, as demonstrated at Remix Hotel Miami 2009 by Gareth Williams.
New modules in the Jazzmutant Lemur 's latest OS can add continuous, dynamic effects modulation to a song or instrument part.
JazzMutant Lemur Master Class, Pt.
The Jazzmutant Lemur step seqeuncing lesson continues with ways in which to mix and match the sequenced drum sounds.
Sea World handlers brought a lemur and a porcupine to the Fort Worth, Texas, studios of CBS station KTVT, but things got out of hand when the lemur started its mating call.
How to Say Lemur and Quidditch in 11 Languages.
For those interested in learning more about the subjects shown in A LEMUR 'S TALE, we recommend the following print articles and books.
The U.S.-bred "Carolina Five," as these lemurs are affectionately known, are the first lemurs ever to be released into the wild.
A Lemur 's Tale Video: Full Episode.
Deep in the thorn forests of Madagascar live troops of ring-tailed lemurs , the most beautiful and most social of Madagascar's extraordinary primates.
Our story follows five baby lemurs as they try to make their way in the world.
Meeko the Ringtailed Lemur is ready for the Superbowl.
Meeko is a Ringtailed Lemur at Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch in Pilot Point, TX.

In science:

Rutger Vos and Arne Mooers from the Simon Fraser University (Vancouver) recently constructed a supertree for the primates (i.e. lemurs, monkeys, apes and humans) as shown in Appendix C.
Stochastic Models for Speciation Events in Phylogenetic trees