Definition of indri in US English:



  • 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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From October to December the indri will stay in the lower levels of the canopy to avoid horseflies.’
    • ‘There are no reports of an outside indri coming into a territory to steal another's mate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The loud call of the indri is produced by a laryngeal air sac.’
    • ‘The largest of the living lemurs are called indris and sifakas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Previous research on the brains of these animals had shown that indris have a much smaller olfactory bulb than do other lemurs.’


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