from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several small, slow-moving, nocturnal prosimian primates of the genera Loris and Nycticebus of tropical Asia, having dense woolly fur, large eyes, and a vestigial tail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several small, slow-moving primates, of the family Lorisidae, found in India and southeast Asia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of several species of small lemurs of the genus Stenops. They have long, slender limbs and large eyes, and are arboreal in their habits. The slender loris (Stenops gracilis), of Ceylon, in one of the best known species.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The slender lemur of Ceylon, Arachnocebus or Loris gracilis, a prosimian mammal of the family Lemuridæ and subfamily Nycticebinæ: more fully called slender loris. Also lori; pl. loris.
  • n. [capitalized] The typical genus of Lorisinæ, based by Geoffroy on the slender lori or loris of Ceylon, and the same as Arachmocebus of Lesson; extended to include the slow lemur, which is more frequently referred to a genus Nycticebus, Stenops, or Bradylemur.


French, possibly from obsolete Dutch loeris, simpleton, from loer, from Old French lourt, from Latin lūridus, pale; see lurid.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French loris, reportedly from obsolete Dutch loeris. (Wiktionary)



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    June 20, 2008