Origin of primatology

First recorded in 1940–45; primate + -o- + -logy
Related formspri·ma·to·log·i·cal [prahy-muh-tl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌpraɪ mə tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectivepri·ma·tol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for primatologist


  1. the branch of zoology that is concerned with the study of primates
Derived Formsprimatologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for primatologist



"study of Primates," 1941, from primate (n.) + -ology.

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primatologist in Science


  1. The scientific study of primates.
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