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catarrhine

[kat-uh-rahyn] /ˈkæt əˌraɪn/
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the group Catarrhini, comprising humans, anthropoid apes, and Old World monkeys, having the nostrils close together and opening downward and a nonprehensile, often greatly reduced or vestigial tail.
noun
2.
a catarrhine animal.
Also, catarrhinian
[kat-uh-rin-ee-uh n] /ˌkæt əˈrɪn i ən/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; < New Latin Catarrhini, plural of catarrhinus < Greek katarrhīn hook-nosed, equivalent to kata- cata- + -rhīn -nosed, adj. derivative of rhī́s nose, snout
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  • They found that the catarrhine tree is far more stable than that of the dinosaurs.
  • The external characters of the catarrhine monkeys and apes.
British Dictionary definitions for catarrhine

catarrhine

/ˈkætəˌraɪn/
adjective
1.
(of apes and Old World monkeys) having the nostrils set close together and opening to the front of the face
2.
Also leptorrhine. (of humans) having a thin or narrow nose
noun
3.
an animal or person with this characteristic
Compare platyrrhine
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Catarrhina (for sense 1), all ultimately from Greek katarrhin having a hooked nose, from kata- down + rhis nose
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