prosimian

noun
pro·​sim·​i·​an | \prō-ˈsi-mē-ən \

Definition of prosimian 

: any of a suborder (Prosimii) of lower primates (such as lemurs and lorises)

Note: The suborder Prosimii is now infrequently used in taxonomic classification. Most species, with the exception of the tarsiers, formerly grouped in the suborder Prosimii are now classified in the suborder Strepsirrhini.

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from prosimian

prosimian adjective

Examples of prosimian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Lemurs represent an evolutionary path not taken, prosimians that never evolved into anything else. Tom Downey, WSJ, "Exploring Madagascar Is Now Easier Than Ever," 18 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'prosimian.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of prosimian

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prosimian

New Latin Prosimii, from pro- entry 1 + Latin simia ape — more at simian

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about prosimian

Dictionary Entries near prosimian

pro shop

prosify

Prosimia

prosimian

Prosimii

Prosimulium

prosist

Statistics for prosimian

Last Updated

22 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for prosimian

The first known use of prosimian was in 1873

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on prosimian

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with prosimian

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about prosimian

Comments on prosimian

What made you want to look up prosimian? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

living or existing for a long time

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!