Definition of catarrhine in English:

catarrhine

Syllabification: cat·ar·rhine
Pronunciation: /ˈkatəˌrīn
 
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Zoology

adjective

Of or relating to primates of a group that comprises the Old World monkeys, gibbons, great apes, and humans. They are distinguished by having nostrils that are close together and directed downward. Compare with platyrrhine.
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  • It has been independently lost or reduced in several amniote lineages, however, including crocodilians, birds, tuataras, iguanian lizards, cetaceans, and catarrhine primates.
  • However, it may represent a peroneus digiti V superior or longus, such as seen in catarrhine monkeys.
  • Distal radii of catarrhine primates exhibiting different forms of locomotion and hand postures were examined.

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A catarrhine primate.
  • Infraorder Catarrhini, order Primates: four families

Origin

mid 19th century: from cata- 'down' + Greek rhis, rhin- 'nose'.

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