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A nocturnal lemur (Daubentonia madagascariensis) native to the rainforests of eastern and northwestern Madagascar, having prominent ears, a long bushy tail, a thin elongated middle finger, and rodentlike teeth.
[French, from Malagasy aiay.]
(Animals) a rare nocturnal arboreal prosimian primate of Madagascar, Daubentonia madagascariensis, related to the lemurs: family Daubentoniidae. It has long bony fingers and rodent-like incisor teeth adapted for feeding on insect larvae and bamboo pith
[C18: from French, from Malagasy aiay, probably of imitative origin]
a nocturnal lemur, Daubentonia madagascariensis, of Madagascar, feeding on insects and fruit and having rodentlike incisors and long fingers.
[1775–85; < French < Malagasy aiay]
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|Noun||1.||aye-aye - nocturnal lemur with long bony fingers and rodent-like incisor teeth closely related to the lemurs|
lemur - large-eyed arboreal prosimian having foxy faces and long furry tails