noun Etymology: New Latin Prosimii, from 1pro- + Latin simia ape — more at simian Date: circa 1890 any of a suborder (Prosimii) of lower primates (as lemurs and tarsiers) • prosimian adjective

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  • prosimian — PROSIMIÁN, prosimieni, s.m. (zool.) Lemurian. [pr.: mi an] – Din fr. prosimiens. Trimis de ana zecheru, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  PROSIMIÁN s. v. lemurian. Trimis de siveco, 13.09.2007. Sursa: Sinonime  prosimián s …   Dicționar Român

  • prosimian — [prō sim′ē ən] n. any of a suborder (Strepsirhini) of small, arboreal primates, including lemurs, lorises, and bush babies …   English World dictionary

  • prosimian — /proh sim ee euhn/, adj. 1. belonging or pertaining to the primate suborder Prosimii, characterized by nocturnal habits, a long face with a moist snout, prominent whiskers, large mobile ears, and large, slightly sideways facing eyes, comprising… …   Universalium

  • prosimian — 1. adjective Of or from the prosimian suborder of primates. 2. noun A primate that is not a monkey or an ape, generally nocturnal with large eyes and ears. Such primates were formerly grouped in the suborder Prosimii, but are now considered a …   Wiktionary

  • prosimian — pro•sim•i•an [[t]proʊˈsɪm i ən[/t]] adj. 1) mam pertaining to primates of the suborder Prosimii, characterized by nocturnal habits and large eyes and ears: includes lemurs, lorises, and bush babies 2) mam a prosimian animal • Etymology: 1855–60;… …   From formal English to slang

  • Prosimian — Prosimians are the most primitive extant primates; they have characteristics similar to forms that were ancestral to monkeys, apes and humans. Prosimians are the only primates native to Madagascar, and are also found in Africa and Southeast Asia …   Wikipedia

  • prosimian — [prəʊ sɪmɪən] noun Zoology a primate of a suborder (Prosimii) that includes the lemurs, lorises, bushbabies, and tarsiers. Origin C19: from pro 2 + simian …   English new terms dictionary

  • prosimian — pro·sim·i·an …   English syllables

  • prosimian — /proʊˈsɪmiən/ (say proh simeeuhn) noun 1. any primate of the suborder Prosimii, including tree shrews, lorises, lemurs and tarsiers. –adjective 2. of or relating to the prosimians …   Australian English dictionary

  • prosimian — noun primitive primates having large ears and eyes and characterized by nocturnal habits • Hypernyms: ↑primate • Member Holonyms: ↑Prosimii, ↑suborder Prosimii …   Useful english dictionary

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