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primate (placental mammal)

Definition:

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

Class:

animal noun (animals and microorganisms)

Plural:

primates

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"high bishop", from Medieval Latin primas (genitive primatis) "church primate",...
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Definition references  (+images)

Britannica Encyclopedia:

primate [mammal] | Gorilla gorilla [species]

in zoology, any mammal group that includes the lemurs, lorises, tarsiers, monkeys, apes, and humans. The order Primates, with its 300 or more species, ... (24 of 934 words, 48 images)

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primate [ecclesiastical office]

in Christianity, an ecclesiastical title for a bishop in some churches who has precedence over a number of other bishops. In the early church, it was ... (26 of 152 words)

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Wikipedia:

Primate | PRY | Primates | MAY

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. All but a few primate... (34 of 12191 words, pronunciations, 22 images)

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Primate (disambiguation)

any member of the biologic order Primates. Primate may also refer to: Primate (bishop), a title bestowed on bishops by some Christian churches | Primates (journal), a scientific journal | Prince primate, a title formerly given in German and Hungarian ... (38 of 100 words, 4 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

primate | Primate of all England [sense-specific] | Primate of England [sense-specific] | archbishop [sense-specific]

any placental mammal of the order "Primates", typically having flexible ... | of, relating to, or belonging to the order "Primates" | another name for ... (23 of 443 words, 5 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

primate | prosimian

member of the mammalian order Primates, which includes humans, apes, monkeys, and prosimians, or lower primates. The group can be traced to the late ... (24 of 355 words)

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Merriam-Webster:

primate | Primate [sense-specific] | leader [synonym, sense-specific] | primateship [noun, related] | primatial [adjective, related]

"primate" or "Primate": a bishop who has precedence in a province, a group of provinces, or a nation | [archaic] one first in authority or rank; ... (25 of 139 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

primate

[ecclesiastical] an archbishop or bishop ranking first among the bishops of a province or country. | any of various omnivorous mammals of the order ... (23 of 89 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/primate

American Heritage Dictionary:

primate | primatial [adjective, related]

(prīˈmātˌ) A mammal of the order Primates, which includes the anthropoids ... | A bishop of highest rank in a province or country. (22 of 88 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

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Oxford Dictionary:

primate [entry 1] | primatial [derived]

Syllabification: (pri·mate) | [Christian Church] | the chief bishop or archbishop of a province (12 of 65 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/primate

primate [entry 1, Christian Church] | primatial [derived]

the chief bishop or archbishop of a province (8 of 62 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/primate

primate [entry 2]

Syllabification: (pri·mate) | [zoology] | a mammal of an order that includes the lemurs, bushbabies, tarsiers, marmosets, monkeys, apes, and humans. ... (19 of 86 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/primate--2

primate [entry 2, zoology]

a mammal of an order that includes the lemurs, bushbabies, tarsiers, marmosets, monkeys, apes, and humans. They are distinguished by having hands, ... (22 of 78 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/primate--2

Wiktionary:

primate | primates [plural]

[zoology] A mammal of the order Primates, including simians and prosimians. | [informal] A simian anthropoid; an ape, human, or large monkey. | [ecclesiastical] In the Catholic Church, a rare title conferred to or claimed by the sees of certain ... (38 of 72 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/primate

New World Dictionary:

primate | primateship [noun, related] | primatial [adjective, related]

[rare] a person with primacy | an archbishop, or the highest-ranking bishop in a province, etc. | any of an order (Primates) of mammals characterized ... (23 of 70 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

primate [countable] | primates [plural]

[biology] an animal belonging to the same group as humans, which includes monkeys and apes | the name in some religions or churches for a priest of ... (26 of 61 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/primate

Cambridge Dictionary:

primate [entry 1, specialized]

a member of the most developed and intelligent group of mammals, including humans, monkeys and apes (16 of 26 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/primate 1

primate [entry 2, specialized]

a priest with the highest position in his country (9 of 30 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/primate 2

Encarta Dictionary:

primate | primates [plural]

a member of an order of mammals with a large brain and complex hands and feet, including humans, apes, and monkeys. Order Primates. | an archbishop or ... (26 of 63 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861736951​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

primate

First use: about 1200

Origin: "high bishop", from Medieval Latin primas (genitive primatis) "church primate", from Late Latin adjective primas "of the first ... (20 of 69 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

primate

Origin: From New Latin Prīmātēs, order name, from Latin prīmātēs, plural of prīmās, principal, of first rank, from ... (17 of 41 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

primate | Primate [sense-specific]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English primat, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin ... | New Latin Primates, from Latin, plural of primat-, primas (20 of 27 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

primate

First use: 18th century | 13th century

Origin: from New Latin primates, plural of prīmās principal, from prīmus first | from Old French, from Latin prīmās principal, from prīmus first

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/primate

New World Dictionary:

primate

Origin: Middle English primat from Old French from Late Latin primas (generally primatis), of the first, chief from Latin primus, first: see "prime"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/primate

Wiktionary:

primate | primates [plural]

Origin: Old French or French primat, from a noun use of Latin primat-, from primus ("prime, first rank")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/primate

Oxford Dictionary:

primate [entry 1]

Origin: Middle English: from Old French primat, from Latin primas, primat- "of the first rank", from primus "first"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/primate

primate [entry 2]

First use: late 19th century

Origin: Latin primas, primat- "of the first rank" (see "primate1")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/primate--2

Encarta Dictionary:

primate | primates [plural]

First use: 12th century

Origin: Latin primat- "of the first rank" from primus "first"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861736951​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wikipedia:

Primate

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Collins Dictionary:

primate

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

primate [countable] | primates [plural]

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of primate

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

primate [countable] | primates [plural]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

primate [entry 2, specialized]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "primate"

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the Free Dictionary:

primate

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Google Dictionary:

primate | primates [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

primate

Audio: North American pronunciation of "primate"

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YourDictionary Audio:

primate

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