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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]


  • IPA(key): /ˈɪndɹi/
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indri (plural indris)

  1. One of the largest living lemurs, Indri indri.
    • 1993, Jan Sovak, Zoo Animals Coloring Book, Dover, page 20,
      The Indri ('Indri indri; top left), the largest prosimian at up to three feet long (excluding tail} and 22 pounds, eats plant matter.
    • 1999, Ronald M. Nowak, Ernest Pillsbury Walker, Walker's Primates of the World, Johns Hopkins University Press, page 84,
      The indri inhabits coastal and montane rainforest from sea level to about 1,800 meters.
    • 2011, William Powell, Ochan Kusuma-Powell, How to Teach Now: Five Keys to Personalized Learning in the Global Classroom, ASCD, page 134,
      Indris are known for their calls, some of which are truly eerie and can be heard for miles in the dense undergrowth.




  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