any of a family (Tarsiidae) of small arboreal primates of the East Indies and the Philippines, with very large, gogglelike eyes, and a long, tufted tail: tarsiers are active at night and feed esp. on lizards and insects
Origin of tarsierFr, so named by Buffon from tarse, tarsus, from the foot structure
Any of several small insectivorous primates of the genus Tarsius of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, being nocturnal and arboreal and having extremely large round eyes, a long tail, and long digits with nails except for the second and third toes, which have claws.
Origin of tarsierFrench from tarse tarsus (from its elongated ankles) from New Latin tarsus ; see tarsus .