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1. Any of various primates of the family Lorisidae of sub-Saharan Africa and tropical Asia, having a very short or absent tail, and including the pottos.
2. Any of several small, slow-moving nocturnal members of this family in the genera Loris and Nycticebus of tropical Asia, having dense woolly fur and large eyes.

[French, possibly from obsolete Dutch loeris, simpleton, from loer, from Old French lourt, from Latin lūridus, pale; see lurid.]
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n, pl -ris
(Animals) 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
[C18: from French; of uncertain origin]
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(ˈlɔr ɪs, ˈloʊr-)

n., pl. -ris•es, -ris.
1. a slender, tailless prosimian primate, Loris tardigradus, of S India and Sri Lanka.
2. either of two similar but stockier prosimians of the genus Nycticebus, of SE Asia.
[1765–75; < New Latin < Dutch loeris simpleton]
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The Belgian had been a regular under Jurgen Klopp until losing his | Simon Mignolet with the European Cup in Madrid place to Loris Karius in January 2018.
An abandoned slow loris, rescued by an Indian couple, has found a new home at The Green Planet in Dubai.
The loris, which originates from South East Asia, shares the same critically endangered status as African elephants, gorillas and orangutans.
BEIRUT: A slow loris that was up for sale at a local pet shop and then confiscated by authorities has been safely transported to a rescue center in the U.K., NGO Animals Lebanon announced Wednesday.
The Belgian keeper, who looked like going out on loan before Karius's exit, said: "Nobody has said anything to me after the departure of Loris so I don't know what my future is.
If you ask Loris, he says he didn't think about it and didn't use it for a second as an excuse.
Loris Karius distraught after Champions League nightmare
Indonesian locals call the slow loris malu malu, or "shy one." That's because lorises are nocturnal animals.