- the order comprising the primates.
Origin of Primates
- Ecclesiastical. an archbishop or bishop ranking first among the bishops of a province or country.
- any of various omnivorous mammals of the order Primates, comprising the three suborders Anthropoidea (humans, great apes, gibbons, Old World monkeys, and New World monkeys), Prosimii (lemurs, loris, and their allies), and Tarsioidea (tarsiers), especially distinguished by the use of hands, varied locomotion, and by complex flexible behavior involving a high level of social interaction and cultural adaptability.
- Archaic. a chief or leader.
Origin of primate
Related Words for primatesman, monkey, human, mammal, baboon, ape, orangutan, lemur, chimpanzee, gorilla, hominoid, anthropoid, gibbon, metropolitan, patriarch, priest, cardinal, bishop, suffragan, archpriest
Examples from the Web for primates
Contemporary Examples of primates
Promising work has been completed in rodents but none yet has been reported in primates.Emory Will Wage High-Tech War on Ebola
August 1, 2014
Big cats, bears, primates, and snakes seem obviously dangerous -- at least to those not trying to show off to their rich friends.The $10 Billion Pet Cheetah and Chimp Industry
July 20, 2014
He was often called the Monkey Man because of the primates and other wild animals he kept on his 21-acre property.The Black Widow of Silicon Valley
July 14, 2014
Each year, roughly 21,000 primates are imported to the United States from tropical regions around the world.Already Deadly in Africa, Could Ebola Hit America Next?
April 5, 2014
Chimpanzees and other primates carry many other viruses, one of which might well become the next HIV.‘Zoobiquity’: What Animals Can Teach Us About Our Health
June 17, 2012
Historical Examples of primates
We check the human cases, and the primates in the experimental laboratories.Pandemic
Jesse Franklin Bone
One weakness of the primates is the character of their self-consciousness.This Simian World
Among none of the first three branches can we look for the ancestors of the Primates.The Last Link
At this date Clare also had a chapel, which was used at the primates visitation in 1401.Cambridge
Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
Again, the meeting of primates is summoned for early in March.The Vintage
Edward Frederic Benson
- any placental mammal of the order Primates, typically having flexible hands and feet with opposable first digits, good eyesight, and, in the higher apes, a highly developed brain: includes lemurs, lorises, monkeys, apes, and man
- of, relating to, or belonging to the order Primates
Word Origin for primate
- another name for archbishop
- Primate of all England the Archbishop of Canterbury
- Primate of England the Archbishop of York
Word Origin for primate
Word Origin and History for primates
"high bishop," c.1200, from Old French primat and directly from Medieval Latin primatem (nominative primas) "church primate," noun use of Late Latin adjective primas "of the first rank, chief, principal," from primus "first" (see prime (adj.)).
Meaning "animal of the biological order including monkeys and humans" is attested from 1876, from Modern Latin Primates (Linnæus), from plural of Latin primas; so called from supposedly being the "highest" order of mammals (originally also including bats).
- A mammal of the order Primates, which includes the anthropoids and prosimians, characterized by refined development of the hands and feet, a shortened snout, and a large brain.
- Any of various mammals of the order Primates, having a highly developed brain, eyes facing forward, a shortened nose and muzzle, and opposable thumbs. Primates usually live in groups with complex social systems, and their high intelligence allows them to adapt their behavior successfully to different environments. Lemurs, monkeys, apes, and humans are primates.
The order of mammals that includes monkeys, apes, and human beings. Primates are distinguished from other animals in that they generally possess limbs capable of performing a variety of functions, hands and feet adapted for grasping (including opposable thumbs), flattened snouts, and other anatomical features. (See Linnean classification.)