from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or being a group of primates including the Old World monkeys, apes, and humans, characterized by nostrils that are close together and directed frontward or downward.
  • n. A catarrhine primate, such as a gorilla.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Describing the Catarrhini parvorder of primates (including humans) that have nostrils that are close together and directed frontward or downward
  • n. Any animal of this group

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the Catarrhina, a division of Quadrumana, including the Old World monkeys and apes which have the nostrils close together and turned downward. See monkey.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the monkeys classed as Catarrhina.
  • n. A monkey of the section Catarrhina.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or related to Old World monkeys that have nostrils together and opening downward
  • n. of Africa or Arabia or Asia; having nonprehensile tails and nostrils close together


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  • They are what are called catarrhine Apes — that is, their nostrils have


  • They are what are called catarrhine Apes -- that is, their nostrils have a narrow partition and look downwards; and, furthermore, their arms are always longer than their legs, the difference being sometimes greater and sometimes less; so that if the four were arranged in the order of the length of their arms in proportion to that of their legs, we should have this series -- Orang (1 4

    Lectures and Essays

  • Why put platyrrhine monkeys in South America only, and catarrhine monkeys in Africa and Asia only?


  • More than that, O'Reilly is apparently acting like a frenzied, territorial catarrhine:

    O'Reilly The Raging Catarrhine

  • And yet there are distinctions of considerable im - portance between apes and man, enough difference so that, quite fairly and without too much self-love on our own part, man may be put into a third catarrhine family all by himself, Hominidae (hoh-min'ih-dee; "man" L).

    The Human Brain

  • No catarrhine has a prehensile tail, which means one crutch less.

    The Human Brain

  • Among the ancestor of the last, he searches for the common progenitors, from which again two branches started -- on the one hand the ignoble branches of the catarrhine species of apes, always remaining lower in {44} development, to which also belong the anthropomorphous apes, like the orang outang and gibbon in Asia, the gorilla and chimpanzee in Africa; on the other hand, that branch which represents the ascent of animals to man.

    The Theories of Darwin and Their Relation to Philosophy, Religion, and Morality

  • That this "tailless, catarrhine, anthropoid ape" should have had anything resembling a religion, is, of course, not to be thought of.

    Evolution An Investigation and a Critique

  • He's but a branch of the _catarrhine_ cat, you know --

    The Book of Humorous Verse

  • But this agreeable sight was spoiled at once by the quite horrible words Nycticebidoe, platyrrhine, catarrhine, from which I raised my eyes to see him coming at me with two pamphlets, and scolding as he came.

    Lady Baltimore


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  • Especially the bit about 'nonprehensile tails and nostrils close together'.

    May 4, 2016

  • Reminds me of everyone I've ever met named Catherine.

    May 4, 2016