Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective 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.
  • noun A catarrhine primate, such as a gorilla.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

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Examples

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

    Essays

  • 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

  • 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

    Evidence as to Man's Place in Nature

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

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

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

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  • 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.

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

    May 4, 2016

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

    May 4, 2016