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bush baby, noun phrase

Origin:
See quotation 1884.
Any of the lemur-like primates of the Lorisidae, especially Otolemur crassicaudatus and Galago moholi; nagapie; night-aappie; night-ape.
Note:
Some specialist sources see ‘bush baby’ and ‘night-ape’ as synonymous, referring to both local species of the Lorisidae; others advocate the use of ‘night-ape’ for the thick-tailed bushbaby Otolemur crassicaudatus, and ‘bush baby’ for the smaller Galago moholi; while yet a third view is that the ‘bush baby’ is O. crassicaudatus, and the ‘night-ape’ G. moholi. In general usage the words are used interchangeably.
1835 A. Smith Diary (1940) II. 160Galago maholi is the Bush Baby or nag-aapie.
1990 Skinner & Smithers Mammals of Sn Afr. Subregion 145The colloquial names bushbaby for this species and night ape for the smaller species are commonly used in the Subregion.
Any of the lemur-like primates of the Lorisidae, especially Otolemur crassicaudatus and Galago moholi; nagapie; night-aappie; night-ape.

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