A large arboreal lemur (Indri indri) of eastern Madagascar, having very long legs and a rudimentary tail.
Any of a family (Indriidae) of herbivorous prosimian primates of Madagascar with large eyes and slightly opposable thumbs.
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Origin of indri
- French probably from Malagasy endira local name for the indri
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.