Meaning of “lemur” in the English Dictionary

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"lemur" in British English

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lemurnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈliː.mər/ us /ˈliː.mɚ/

Examples from literature

  • A lemur is a primate, like a monkey. 
  • But Madagascar’s most popular animal is probably the lemur. 
  • Different lemur species evolved over time so they could survive in their different ecosystems. 
  • Lemur species have many different sizes and shapes. 
  • Lemurs are friendly – some like to live with other lemurs, sometimes in groups of ten or more. 
  • Lemurs are very important for the ecology of Madagascar. 
  • One of the most unusual species of lemur is the aye-aye. 
  • Some species of lemur are endangered. 
  • The montane rainforest is where many of the lemurs and chameleons live. 
  • The seeds grow into new plants, fruit grows on the plants, lemurs eat the fruit, and the circle starts again. 
  • There are about 33 species of lemurs on Madagascar – and most of them are not found anywhere else on Earth. 
  • When a group of lemurs travel through their environment, they keep their long tails in the air, like a flag. 

(Definition of “lemur” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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