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tar•si•er  (tärsē ər, -sē ā′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Mammalsa small, arboreal, nocturnal primate of the genus Tarsius, of Indonesia and the Philippines, having a long thin tail, very large immobile eyes, and prominent pads on the fingers and toes: all populations are dwindling.
  • French, equivalent. to tarse tarsus + -ier -ier2
  • 1765–75


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

tarsier /ˈtɑːsɪə/ n
  1. any of several nocturnal arboreal prosimian primates of the genus Tarsius, of Indonesia and the Philippines, having huge eyes, long hind legs, and digits ending in pads to facilitate climbing: family Tarsiidae
Etymology: 18th Century: from French, from tarse the flat of the foot; see tarsus



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