Definitions for primateˈpraɪ meɪt or, esp. for 1 , -mɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pri•mateˈpraɪ meɪt or, esp. for 1 , -mɪt(n.)

  1. an archbishop or bishop ranking first among the bishops of a province or country.

    Category: Religion

  2. any mammal of the order Primates, comprising the three suborders Anthropoidea (humans, apes, Old World monkeys, and New World monkeys), Prosimii (lemurs, lorises, and bush babies), and Tarsioidea (tarsiers).

    Category: Mammals

  3. Archaic. a chief or leader.

Origin of primate:

1175–1225; ME primat dignitary, religious leader < LL prīmāt- (s. of prīmās), n. use of L prīmās of first rank, der. of prīmus first (see prime ); (def. 2 ) taken as sing. of NL PrimatesPrimates , as if ending in -ate1

pri′mate•ship`-mɪtˌʃɪp, -meɪt-(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. archpriest, hierarch, high priest, prelate, primate(noun)

    a senior clergyman and dignitary

  2. primate(noun)

    any placental mammal of the order Primates; has good eyesight and flexible hands and feet

Wiktionary

  1. primate(Noun)

    A mammal of the order Primates, including simians and prosimians.

    Primates range from lemures to gorillas

  2. primate(Noun)

    A simian anthropoid; an ape, human or large monkey.

  3. primate(Noun)

    In the Catholic Church, a rare title conferred to or claimed by the sees of certain archbishops, or the highest-ranking bishop of a present or historical, usually political circonscription.

  4. primate(Noun)

    In the Anglican Church, an archbishop, or the highest-ranking bishop of an ecclesiastic province.

  5. Origin: From or primat, from a noun use of primat-, from primus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Primate(adj)

    the chief ecclesiastic in a national church; one who presides over other bishops in a province; an archbishop

  2. Primate(adj)

    one of the Primates

Freebase

  1. Primate

    A primate is a mammal of the order Primates, which contains prosimians and simians. Primates arose from ancestors that lived in the trees of tropical forests; many primate characteristics represent adaptations to life in this challenging three-dimensional environment. Most primate species remain at least partly arboreal. With the exception of humans, who inhabit every continent, most primates live in tropical or subtropical regions of the Americas, Africa and Asia. They range in size from Madame Berthe's mouse lemur, which weighs only 30 g, to the eastern lowland gorilla, weighing over 200 kg. According to fossil evidence, the primitive ancestors of primates may have existed in the late Cretaceous period around 65 million years ago; an early close primate relative known from abundant remains is the Late Paleocene Plesiadapis, circa 55–58 million years ago. Molecular clock studies suggest the primate branch may be even older, originating in the mid-Cretaceous period around 85 mya. The order Primates has traditionally been divided into two main groupings: prosimians and anthropoids. Prosimians have characteristics more like those of the earliest primates, and include the lemurs of Madagascar, lorisoids, and tarsiers. Simians include monkeys, apes and hominins. More recently, taxonomists have preferred to split primates into the suborder Strepsirrhini, or wet-nosed primates, consisting of nontarsier prosimians, and the suborder Haplorhini, or dry-nosed primates, consisting of tarsiers and the simians. Simians are divided into two groups: catarrhine monkeys and apes of Africa and southeastern Asia and platyrrhine or New World monkeys of South and Central America. Catarrhines consist of Old World monkeys, gibbons and great apes; New World monkeys include the capuchin, howler and squirrel monkeys. Humans are the only extant catarrhines to have spread successfully outside of Africa, South Asia, and East Asia, although fossil evidence shows many other species were formerly present in Europe. New primate species are still being discovered, more than 25 species were taxonomically described in the decade of the 2000s and eleven have been described since 2010.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

primate(noun)

a member of the highest order of mammals, ie man, monkeys, apes, lemurs.

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