Aye-aye definition

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A nocturnal lemur (Daubentonia madagascariensis) native to the rainforests of eastern and northwestern Madagascar, having prominent ears, a long bushy tail, a thin elongated middle finger, and rodentlike teeth.
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An arboreal, nocturnal prosimian primate (Daubentonia madagascariensis) of Madagascar, with shaggy, generally dark-brown fur, large ears, fingerlike claws, and a long, bushy tail.
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A singular nocturnal quadruped, the lemur Daubentonia madagascariensis, found in Madagascar and remarkable for its long fingers, sharp nails, and rodent-like incisor teeth.
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Noun

Singular:
aye-aye
Plural:
aye-ayes

Origin of aye-aye

  • French from Malagasy aiay

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French aye-aye, from Malagasy hay-hay, ahay, or aiay.

    From Wiktionary