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Any of various primates of the suborder Prosimii, which consists of the lemurs, lorises, and tarsiers.

[From New Latin Prosīmiī, suborder name : Latin pro-, before; see pro-1 + Latin sīmiī, pl. of sīmius, ape (variant of sīmia; see simian).]

pro·sim′i·an adj.


(Animals) any primate of the primitive suborder Prosimii, including lemurs, lorises, and tarsiers
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Prosimii
[C19: via New Latin from pro-2 + Latin sīmia ape]


(proʊˈsɪm i ən)

1. pertaining to primates of the suborder Prosimii, characterized by nocturnal habits and large eyes and ears: includes lemurs, lorises, and bush babies.
2. a prosimian animal.
[1855–60; < New Latin Prosimi(i) (see pro-2, simian) + -an1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prosimian - primitive primates having large ears and eyes and characterized by nocturnal habitsprosimian - primitive primates having large ears and eyes and characterized by nocturnal habits
primate - any placental mammal of the order Primates; has good eyesight and flexible hands and feet
Prosimii, suborder Prosimii - not used in all classifications; in some classifications considered coextensive with the Lemuroidea; in others includes both Lemuroidea and Tarsioidea
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