Meaning of indri in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɪndri/

nounplural noun indris

  • A large, short-tailed Madagascan lemur which jumps from tree to tree in an upright position and rarely comes to the ground.

    Indri indri, family Indriidae

    ‘They range in size from the 2.5-inch pygmy mouse lemur (the world's smallest primate) to the indri, which is the size of a small child.’
    • ‘Previous research on the brains of these animals had shown that indris have a much smaller olfactory bulb than do other lemurs.’
    • ‘By contrast, not only did indris do much less scent marking in general, but also, during all my hours of observation, I never saw a single instance of overmarking.’
    • ‘There are no reports of an outside indri coming into a territory to steal another's mate.’
    • ‘From October to December the indri will stay in the lower levels of the canopy to avoid horseflies.’
    • ‘The largest of the living lemurs are called indris and sifakas.’
    • ‘In the early 1900's, the indri was so common that one traveler reported that no one could travel from Tamatave to Antanarivo without often hearing its cries.’
    • ‘The loud call of the indri is produced by a laryngeal air sac.’
    • ‘Groups of indris communicate with mournful and distinctive howls.’
    • ‘The indris are the largest in size, reaching about four feet from head to toe and weighing up to 29 pounds.’


Mid 19th century from Malagasy indry! ‘behold!’ or indry izy! ‘there he is!’, mistaken for its name. The Malagasy name is babakoto.