noun. nocturnal arboreal primate of Indonesia and the Philippines having huge eyes and digits ending in pads to facilitate climbing; the only primate that spurns all plant material as food living entirely on insects and small vertebrates.
- Tarsius glis
- genus Tarsius
Example sentences of the word tarsier
1. Noun, singular or mass
The Philippines is home to the world's largest bat, the golden-capped fruit bat, as well as the world's smallest primate, the Philippine tarsier.
2. Adjective, comparative
The giant squid, colossal squid and tarsier all use their large eyes to better hunt their prey at night, or in the deep depths of the ocean where the giant and colossal squids live.