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tarsier

Definition:

a nocturnal arboreal primate of Indonesia and the Philippines having huge eyes and digits ending in pads to facilitate climbing; the only primate that spurns all plant material as food living entirely on insects and small vertebrates

Class:

animal noun (animals and microorganisms)

Plural:

tarsiers

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

New Latin, from French tarsier, from Latin tarsus, from Ancient Greek ταρσός...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Tarsier | Tarsiers | Tarsiidae

itself the lone extant family within the infraorder Tarsiiformes. Although the group was once more widespread, all the species living today are found in the islands of Southeast Asia. Fossils of tarsiiform primates are found in Asia, Europe, and North ... (40 of 2709 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Tarsier

Britannica Encyclopedia:

tarsier [primate] | Tarsius bancanus [species]

any of six or more species of small leaping primates found only on various islands of Southeast Asia, including the Philippines. Tarsiers are ... (23 of 550 words, 3 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/583719​/tarsier

Wiktionary:

tarsier | tarsiers [plural]

Used attributively as a species epithet | An insectivorous primate of the Tarsiidae family, having very large eyes and long feet, native mainly to several islands of Southeast Asia. (28 of 31 words, 2 definitions, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/tarsier

Collins Dictionary:

tarsier

any of several nocturnal arboreal prosimian primates of the genus "Tarsius", of Indonesia and the Philippines, having huge eyes, long hind legs, and ... (23 of 229 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/tarsier

Columbia Encyclopedia:

tarsier

small, nocturnal, forest-dwelling prosimian primate, genus "Tarsius". There are at least three species found in the Philippines, in Sumatra and ... (20 of 141 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0847891​.html

Oxford Dictionary:

tarsier

a small insectivorous, tree-dwelling, nocturnal primate with very large eyes, a long tufted tail, and very long hindlimbs, native to the islands of ... (23 of 68 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/tarsier

Merriam-Webster:

tarsier

any of a genus (Tarsius of the family Tarsiidae) of small chiefly nocturnal and arboreal carnivorous primates of the Malay Archipelago that have large ... (24 of 60 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/tarsier

New World Dictionary:

tarsier

any of a family (Tarsiidae) of small primates of the East Indies and the Philippines, with very large, gogglelike eyes, and a long, tufted tail: ... (25 of 58 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/tarsier

American Heritage Dictionary:

tarsier

Any of several small nocturnal arboreal primates of the genus "Tarsius", of the East Indies and the Philippines, having large round eyes, a long tail, ... (25 of 55 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/tarsier

Random House Dictionary:

tarsier

a small, arboreal, nocturnal primate of the genus "Tarsius", of Indonesia and the Philippines, having a long thin tail, very large immobile eyes, and ... (24 of 41 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/tarsier

Macmillan British Dictionary:

primate [countable] | primates [plural]

[biology] an animal belonging to the same group as humans, which includes monkeys and apes | the name in some religions or churches for a priest of ... (26 of 61 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/primate

Cambridge Dictionary:

primate [entry 1, specialized]

a member of the most developed and intelligent group of mammals, including humans, monkeys and apes (16 of 26 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/primate 1

primate [entry 2, specialized]

a priest with the highest position in his country (9 of 30 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/primate 2

Encarta Dictionary:

tarsier | tarsiers [plural]

a small nocturnal animal with large eyes and delicate grasping fingers and toes ending in pads that lives in trees. Native to: Philippines, ... (23 of 55 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861718459​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

tarsier | tarsiers [plural]

Origin: New Latin, from French tarsier, from Latin tarsus, from Ancient Greek ταρσός (tarsos, "wickerwork mat"; "broad, flat surface"")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/tarsier

Oxford Dictionary:

tarsier

First use: late 18th century

Origin: French, from tarse "tarsus", with reference to the animal's long tarsal bones

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/tarsier

New World Dictionary:

tarsier

Origin: French, so named by Comte de "Buffon" from tarse, "tarsus", from the foot structure

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/tarsier

American Heritage Dictionary:

tarsier

Origin: French, from tarse, tarsus (from its elongated ankles), from New Latin tarsus; see "tarsus".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/tarsier

Collins Dictionary:

tarsier

First use: 18th century

Origin: from French, from tarse the flat of the foot; see tarsus

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/tarsier

Merriam-Webster:

tarsier

First use: about 1774

Origin: French, from tarse tarsus, from New Latin tarsus

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/tarsier

Encarta Dictionary:

tarsier | tarsiers [plural]

First use: Late 18th century

Origin: French from tarse "tarsus"; from its long tarsal bones

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861718459​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

tarsier

Audio: British English pronunciation of "tarsier"

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the Free Dictionary:

tarsier

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "tarsier"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "tarsier"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "tarsier" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

tarsier | tarsiers [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "tarsier"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

tarsier

Audio: North American pronunciation of "tarsier"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=tarsie​02 word=tarsier

tarsier

Audio: North American pronunciation of "tarsier"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=tarsie​01 word=tarsier

YourDictionary Audio:

tarsier

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "tarsier" by speech synthesizer

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