adjective Etymology: New Latin Catarrhina, from Greek katarrhina, neuter plural of katarrhin hook-nosed, from kata- + rhin-, rhis nose Date: 1863 of, relating to, or being any of a division (Catarrhina) of primates comprising the Old World monkeys, higher apes, and hominids that have the nostrils close together and directed downward, 32 teeth, and the tail when present never prehensilecompare platyrrhinecatarrhine noun

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  • catarrhine — /kat euh ruyn /, adj. 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… …   Universalium

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  • catarrhine — 1. adjective Describing the Catarrhini parvorder of primates (including humans) that have nostrils that are close together and directed frontward or downward 2. noun Any animal of this group …   Wiktionary

  • catarrhine — cat·ar·rhine (katґə rīn) [cata + Gr. rhis nose] having nostrils that are close together and directed downward; said of certain primates, including humans. See Cercopithecoidea …   Medical dictionary

  • catarrhine — [ katərʌɪn] adjective Zoology relating to or denoting primates of a group distinguished by having close, downwardly directed nostrils and lacking a prehensile tail, comprising the Old World monkeys, gibbons, great apes, and humans. Compare with… …   English new terms dictionary

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