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catarrhine

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adjective cat·ar·rhine \ˈka-tə-ˌrīn\

Definition of catarrhine

  1. :  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 prehensile — compare platyrrhine

catarrhine noun


Origin of catarrhine

New Latin Catarrhina, from Greek katarrhina, neuter plural of katarrhin hook-nosed, from kata- + rhin-, rhis nose


First Known Use: 1863


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