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Of or belonging to the primate infraorder Catarrhini, characterized by nostrils that are close together and directed downward, and including the Old World monkeys, such as the macaque and the rhesus monkey, and the apes.
A catarrhine primate, such as a gorilla.
1. (Zoology) (of apes and Old World monkeys) having the nostrils set close together and opening to the front of the face
2. (Anatomy) Also: leptorrhine (of humans) having a thin or narrow nose
3. (Anatomy) an animal or person with this characteristic
4. (Zoology) an animal or person with this characteristic
[C19: from New Latin Catarrhina (for sense 1), all ultimately from Greek katarrhin having a hooked nose, from kata- down + rhis nose]
also cat•ar•rhin•i•an(ˌkæt əˈrɪn i ən)
1. having the nostrils close together and opening frontward or downward.n.
2. a catarrhine animal, esp. an anthropoid ape or Old World monkey.
[1860–65; < New Latin Catarrhini, pl. of catarrhinus < Greek katarrhīn hook-nosed]
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|Noun||1.||catarrhine - of Africa or Arabia or Asia; having nonprehensile tails and nostrils close together|
Cercopithecidae, family Cercopithecidae - Old World monkeys: guenon; baboon; colobus monkey; langur; macaque; mandrill; mangabey; patas; proboscis monkey
monkey - any of various long-tailed primates (excluding the prosimians)
guenon, guenon monkey - small slender African monkey having long hind limbs and tail and long hair around the face
mangabey - large agile arboreal monkey with long limbs and tail and white upper eyelids
baboon - large terrestrial monkeys having doglike muzzles
macaque - short-tailed monkey of rocky regions of Asia and Africa
langur - slender long-tailed monkey of Asia
colobus, colobus monkey - arboreal monkey of western and central Africa with long silky fur and reduced thumbs
|Adj.||1.||catarrhine - of or related to Old World monkeys that have nostrils together and opening downward|