indri

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Etymology[edit]

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.[1][2]

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indri (plural indris)

  1. One of the largest living lemurs, Indri indri.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ I. Hacking, Was there ever a radical mistranslation? (1981), in Analysis
  2. ^ Alexander R. Dunkel et al., Giant rabbits, marmosets, and British comedies: etymology of lemur names, part 1, in Lemur News, volume 16 (2011-2012), page 67