primate
noun Etymology: Middle English primat, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin primat-, primas archbishop, from Latin, leader, from primus Date: 13th century 1. often capitalized a bishop who has precedence in a province, a group of provinces, or a nation 2. archaic one first in authority or rank ; leader 3. [New Latin Primates, from Latin, plural of primat-, primas] any of an order (Primates) of mammals that are characterized especially by advanced development of binocular vision, specialization of the appendages for grasping, and enlargement of the cerebral hemispheres and that include humans, apes, monkeys, and related forms (as lemurs and tarsiers) • primateship nounprimatial adjective

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  • primate — [ primat ] n. m. • 1823; lat. primas, atis « qui est au premier rang » 1 ♦ Zool. Animal de l ordre des mammifères placentaires, à dentition complète et à main préhensile. L ordre des primates (lémuriens, tarsiens, simiens; hominiens). 2 ♦ Fam.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Primate — • A bishop possessing superior authority, not only over the bishops of his own province, but over several provinces and metropolitans Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Primate     Primate …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • primate — PRIMÁTE s.n.pl. Ordin de mamifere superioare din care fac parte maimuţele şi omul; (la sg.) animal din acest ordin. [sg. primat2. / < fr. primates, cf. lat. primus – primul]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DN  PRIMÁTE s. n …   Dicționar Român

  • primate — high bishop, c.1200, from M.L. primas (gen. primatis) church primate, from L.L. adj. primas of the first rank, chief, principal, from primus first (see PRIME (Cf. prime) (adj.)). Meaning biological order including monkeys and humans is 1898, from …   Etymology dictionary

  • Primate — Pri mate, n. [OE. primat, F. primat, L. primas, atis one of the first, chief, fr. primus the first. See {Prime}, a.] 1. The chief ecclesiastic in a national church; one who presides over other bishops in a province; an archbishop. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • primate — Miembro del orden biológico animal, de la clase mamíferos de los cordados. El orden primates incluye a los lemures, monos, simios y seres humanos. La mayoría de los primates tienen grandes cerebros, visión estereoscópica y manos y pies… …   Diccionario médico

  • primate — index chief Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • primate — s.m. [dal lat. tardo primas atis principale ], lett. [chi per prestigio, censo e sim., occupa una posizione preminente nella vita sociale e politica] ▶◀ (lett.) maggiorente, magnate, notabile, (lett.) ottimate. ‖ aristocratico, oligarca …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • primate — adj. 2 g. s. m. O mesmo que primata …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • primate — (Del lat. primas, ātis). 1. adj. Zool. Se dice de los mamíferos de superior organización, plantígrados, con extremidades terminadas en cinco dedos provistos de uñas, de los cuales el pulgar es oponible a los demás, por lo menos en los miembros… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • primate — ► NOUN 1) a mammal of an order including monkeys, apes, and humans. 2) Christian Church the chief bishop or archbishop of a province. ORIGIN from Latin primas of the first rank , from primus first …   English terms dictionary

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