• WordNet 3.6
    • n primate any placental mammal of the order Primates; has good eyesight and flexible hands and feet
    • n primate a senior clergyman and dignitary
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Humans are the only primates that don't have pigment in the palms oftheir hands.
    • Primate (Zoöl) One of the Primates.
    • Primate The chief ecclesiastic in a national church; one who presides over other bishops in a province; an archbishop.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Black lemurs are the only primates that can have blue eyes.
    • n primate The first or chief person.
    • n primate A bishop of a see ranking as first in a province or provinces; a metropolitan as presiding in his province, or one of several metropolitans as presiding over others. The title of primate did not come into ordinary use till the ninth century, after which it was given to metropolitans of certain sees as special representatives of the Pope. The term primate (πρωτεύων) has never been in regular use in the Greek Church. The title of exarch comes nearest to it. In the Roman Catholic Church a primate is a bishop or an archbishop to whom is delegated a certain jurisdiction as vicar of the Pope over the bishops of his province, or to whose see such authority has formerly been delegated. In the Church of England the Archbishop of Canterbury has the title Primate of all England, while the Archbishop of York is Primate of England. In the Church of Ireland the Archbishop of Armagh is Primate of all Ireland, and the Archbishop of Dublin Primate of Ireland.
    • n primate In zoology, a member of the order Primates; a primatial or primatic mammal, as man.
    • primate Relating to or characteristic of the order Primates.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The lemur of Madagascar is one of very few of the human species' ancestors that has survived unchanged down the long corridors of evolution. Having developed after the first primates, it is classified as a prosimian, meaning "before monkey," and is one of the ancestors common to both monkeys and men.
    • n Primate prī′māt the first or highest dignitary in a church: an archbishop
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  • Angela Carter
    “I think it's one of the scars in our culture that we have too high an opinion of ourselves. We align ourselves with the angels instead of the higher primates.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. primat, F. primat, L. primas, -atis, one of the first, chief, fr. primus, the first. See Prime (a.)


In literature:

Foreigner though he might be, it was the Primate's part to speak for the conquered race the words it could no longer utter.
"Stray Studies from England and Italy" by John Richard Greene
There is extant another valuation of these ecclesiastical revenues in the Primate's Court.
"The Annals of Willenhall" by Frederick William Hackwood
Down to the Reformation, the English primates possessed a power which made some of them almost a match for the English kings.
"Studies in Contemporary Biography" by James Bryce, Viscount Bryce
Colfax, when he first heard of Eugene, was still cherishing his dream of a literary and artistic primate who should rank in power with White.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
They did not stay long in the primate city, for the invasion of the Moors obliged all True Believers to hide Church relics.
"The Cathedrals of Northern Spain" by Charles Rudy
The Archbishop of Toledo is the Primate of Spain.
"Cathedrals of Spain" by John A. (John Allyne) Gade
The primate remonstrated, the bishops advised the nobility, the higher classes collected in Pesth and talked treason.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai
Nor could any diocese be divided without the consent of the primate.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 5" by Various
In 1879 consecrated bishop of Montreal; in 1901 archbishop, and in 1904 primate of all Canada.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
The primates of the 15th century were buried in or near Drogheda.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various

In poetry:

"Speak, thou awful vestige of the earth's creation,
Solitary fragment of remains organic!
Tell the wondrous secret of thy past existence,--
Speak! thou oldest primate!"
"To The Pliocene Skull" by Francis Bret Harte
There's WISEMAN and CHUME, and His Grace the Lord Primate,
That sinds round the box, and the world will subscribe;
'Tis they'll build a College that's fit for our climate,
And taych me the saycrets I burn to imboibe!
"The Last Irish Grievance" by William Makepeace Thackeray
but now that fever is a fire whose glow
warms our hands, Joseph, as we grunt like primates
exchanging gutturals in this wintry cave
of a brown cottage, while in drifts outside
mastodons force their systems through the snow.
"Forest Of Europe" by Derek Walcott

In news:

The skull belongs to a group of primitive primates known as Plesiadapiforms, which evolved in the 10 million years between the extinction of the dinosaurs and the first traceable ancestors of modern primates .
About 3,000 of the more than 5,000 primates housed at the 300-acre center, about two miles west of the main UCD campus, live in 24 half-acre outdoor corrals.
A new bill suggests Missouri primates should be registered and spayed or neutered by their owners.
For years, scientists have obsessed about chimps and baboons - the primates that seem to show us what our human ancestors were once like.
"This bill would add primates to the list of animals that cannot be transported across state lines".
A Bluffton veterinarian doubles as a transporter of primates for medical research — a practice considered controversial because of the animals' more human capacity for suffering.
When primates originated, though, is a rather thorny problem.
Tourists cause one of the world's smallest primates , the tarsier, to bash in its own skull on a tree trunk.
Scientists discover a brand new species of primate .
Researcher says primate genes may be key to fighting disease.
Wooden primates perch on shelves, and statues of chimps sit above the bottles of booze behind the bar.
That doesn't mean these primates are programmed to attack.
Seattle's favorite primate will go back on display.
Human activity endangers more than half the world's primates .
In 2005, the group launched an investigation into NIRC, citing negligence and inadequate care of the primates .

In science:

Neuronal correlates of visibil ity and invisibility in the primate visual system.
Improved Volterra Kernel Methods with Applications to the Visual System
To give a few examples , mammals lungs have a fractal dimension greater than 2, while the lungs of a frog have a 2-dimensional surface. As for organs’ “connected components”, primates may have up to 600 muscles , wh ile a horse or a cow at most 400.
Randomness and Multi-level Interactions in Biology
There were a number of lineages leading from primates to humans.
Definability in the Real Universe
Spatial mapping in primate sensory projection - analytic structure and relevance to perception.
Consciousness and the structuring property of typical data
Theropithecus: the rise and fall of a primate genus.
Stable isotopes, functional morphology, and human evolution: a model of consilience