Primates

[prahy-mey-teez]
noun
the order comprising the primates.

Origin:
1765–75; < Neo-Latin, plural of Latin prīmās one of the first, chief, principal. See primate

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primate

[prahy-meyt or especially for 1, prahy-mit]
noun
1.
Ecclesiastical. an archbishop or bishop ranking first among the bishops of a province or country.
2.
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.
3.
Archaic. a chief or leader.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English primat dignitary, religious leader < Late Latin prīmāt- (stem of prīmās), noun use of Latin prīmās of first rank, derivative of prīmus first (see prime); (def 2) taken as singular of Neo-Latin Primates Primates, as if ending in -ate1

primatal, adjective, noun
primatial [prahy-mey-shuhl] , primatical [prahy-mat-i-kuhl] , adjective
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primate1 (ˈpraɪmeɪt)
 
n
1.  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
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or belonging to the order Primates
 
[C18: from New Latin primates, plural of prīmās principal, from prīmus first]
 
primatial1
 
adj

primate2 (ˈpraɪmeɪt)
 
n
1.  another name for archbishop
2.  Primate of all England the Archbishop of Canterbury
3.  Primate of England the Archbishop of York
 
[C13: from Old French, from Latin prīmās principal, from prīmus first]

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primate
"high bishop," c.1200, from M.L. primas (gen. primatis) "church primate," from L.L. adj. primas "of the first rank, chief, principal," from primus "first" (see prime (adj.)). Meaning "biological order including monkeys and humans" is 1898, from Mod.L. Primates (Linnæus), from pl. of L. primas so
called from supposedly being the "highest" order of mammals (originally also including bats). Hence, primatology "the study of Primates" (1941).
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primate pri·mate (prī'māt')
n.
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.


pri·ma'tial (-mā'shəl) adj.
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primate   (prī'māt')  Pronunciation Key 
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.
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primates [(preye-mayts)]

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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It is a major brain component in many vertebrates, but much reduced in primates.
The human species is also a placental mammal, a member of the order primates.
These differences are in agreement with results obtained in primates in similar
  studies.
In addition, there is not one direct but two output subsystems in primates.
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