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lo·ris

 (lôr′ĭs)
n.
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.]

loris

(ˈlɔːrɪs)
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]

lo•ris

(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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