any of various small, slow-moving, large-eyed Asian prosimians (family Lorisidae) that live in trees and are active at night
Origin of lorisModern Latin from Fr, special use (by Buffon) of Dutch loeres from loer, a clown
- Any of various primates of the family Lorisidae of sub-Saharan Africa and tropical Asia, having a very short or absent tail, and including the pottos.
- Any of several small, slow-moving nocturnal members of this family in the genera Loris and Nycticebus of tropical Asia, having dense woolly fur and large eyes.
Origin of lorisFrench possibly from obsolete Dutch loeris simpleton from loer from Old French lourt from Latin lūridus pale ; see lurid .
From French loris, reportedly from obsolete Dutch loeris (“simpleton").