pro·​sim·​i·​an | \ prō-ˈsi-mē-ən How to pronounce prosimian (audio) \

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.

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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

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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

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“Prosimian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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