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[ prahy-mey-teez ]


  1. the order comprising the primates.


  1. 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 .)

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Primates1

1765–75; < New Latin, plural of Latin prīmās one of the first, chief, principal. See primate

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Example Sentences

But genes trump everything, even parenting by furry primates.

Promising work has been completed in rodents but none yet has been reported in primates.

Big cats, bears, primates, and snakes seem obviously dangerous -- at least to those not trying to show off to their rich friends.

For example, baby primates are separated from their mothers, resulting in emotional trauma.

He was often called the Monkey Man because of the primates and other wild animals he kept on his 21-acre property.

The larger revenues of the primates, he said, were to be reduced respectively to the amounts of 10,000 and 8000 per annum.

Very few of the Primates, except the rock and cliff-inhabiting baboons, ever made this great venture.

On his arrival there, Byron was visited by the Primates and officers of the place, who offered him their good offices.

Not only were the Primates and Mavrocordato affected on the occasion, but the poorest citizen felt that he had lost a friend.

This alludes to a foregoing enumeration of the seven families of Primates headed by the Anthropini containing man alone.





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