cat·​ar·​rhine ˈka-tə-ˌrīn How to pronounce catarrhine (audio)
: 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of catarrhine was in 1863

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“Catarrhine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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