platyrrhine

[ plat-i-rahyn, -rin ]

adjective
  1. Anthropology. having a broad, flat-bridged nose.

  2. belonging or pertaining to the subdivision of simians that comprises New World monkeys, characterized by noses flatter than those of other simians and with widely separated, side-facing nostrils.: Compare catarrhine.

noun
  1. Anthropology. a platyrrhine hominin.

  2. a platyrrhine animal.

Origin of platyrrhine

1
First recorded in 1835–45; from New Latin Platyrrhīnī, plural of platyrrhīnus, from Greek platyrrhīn(os), “flat nosed, broad nosed,” equivalent to platý(s) + -rhīn- “nosed, flat nosed,” adj. derivative of rhī́s, stem rhīn- nose, snout; see origin at platy-, rhino-; cf. catarrhine,haplorhine, strepsirrhine

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British Dictionary definitions for platyrrhine

platyrrhine

platyrrhinian (ˌplætɪˈrɪnɪən)

/ (ˈplætɪˌraɪn) /


adjective
  1. (esp of New World monkeys) having widely separated nostrils opening to the side of the face

  2. (of humans) having an unusually short wide nose

noun
  1. an animal or person with this characteristic

Origin of platyrrhine

1
C19: from New Latin platyrrhinus, from platy- + -rrhinus, from Greek rhis nose

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Scientific definitions for platyrrhine

platyrrhine

[ plătĭ-rīn′ ]


  1. Of or relating to the New World monkeys, distinguished from the Old World monkeys by a broad nasal septum and widely separated nostrils that generally open to the side.

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