Origin of indriFrench ; from Malagasy indry, behold!: erroneously taken for the name of the animal
Origin of indriFrench, probably from Malagasy endira, local name for the indri.
- One of the largest living lemurs, Indri indri.
From Malagasy endira (“the lemur Indri indri”). A common myth asserts that the name comes from the word indry (ˈiɳɖʐʲ) “look! there!” which guides shouted to Pierre Sonnerat upon seeing the animal, and which the French naturalist mistook for its name, but Sonnerat studied indris too closely for this story to be plausible.