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From lemur +‎ -oid


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈliː.mə(ɹ)ˌɔɪd/


lemuroid (comparative more lemuroid, superlative most lemuroid)

  1. Of or relating to the primate superfamily Lemuroidea (lemurs)
    • 2006, Kenneth David Rose, The Beginning of the Age of Mammals[1], ISBN 9780801884726, page 186:
      A few recent discoveries, however, expand the temporal range of both lemuroid and lorisoid primates back to the early Tertiary.
    • 1999, Ian D. Hume, Marsupial nutrition[2], ISBN 9780521595551, page 195:
      The lemuroid dentition is also closely similar to that of the greater glider in having a greater number of cutting edges on the upper molars compared with the common ringtail.
    • 1980, William Diller Matthew, Stephen J. Gould, “Lemurs Monkeys Apes and Man”, in Stephen J. Gould, editor, Outline and general principles of the history of life[3], ISBN 9780405127199, page 222:
      1. In the Paleocene we find remains of small animals intermediate between the tree-shrews and the lemurs, and at the end of the Paleocene the first true Primates, small lemuroid forms.



lemuroid (plural lemuroids)

  1. A member of the Lemuroidea superfamily of strepsirrhine primates, including lemurs
    • 1832, Zoological society of London, “Mr. St. George Mivart On Microrhynchus.”, in Proceedings of the Zoological society of London (1832)[4], page 155:
      In M. laniger the canine and most anterior premolar are more equal than in any other Lermuroid, or indeed than in any other Primate except Man.
    • 1977, Philip Hershkovitz, “4 Some Descriptive, Diagnostic, Quasi-diagnostic, and Primitive Mammalian Characters of Living Primates”, in Living New World monkeys (Platyrrhini) - with an introduction to Primates[5], volume 1, ISBN 9780226327884, Mammae, page 18:
      Supernumary or vestigal mammae may occur anywhere along the mammary line extinding from axilla to groin. Among lemuroids, however (cf. Shultz 1948), usually one but frequently up to three well-developed mammary pairs are pectoral (including axial), one pair abdominal and one or two pairs inguinal.
    • 1987, Russell L. Ciochon, John G. Fleagle, “10 Notes on the Cranial Anatomy of the Subfossil Malagasy Lemurs”, in Primate evolution and human origins[6], ISBN 9780202011752, page 72:
      At a meeting of the Royal Society held on June 15, 1893, C.I. Forsyth Major descirbed the skull of an extinct Malagasy primate, the first to come to scientific attention (Major, 1894). Since that time, the subfossil remains of some six genera and 12 species of extinct lemuroids have been recovered in Madagascar, many of them represented by quite abundant material.
  2. An animal that has the appearance or characteristics of a lemur