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/


  • 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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