(Science: zoology) The highest order of mammals. It includes man, together with the apes and monkeys. Cf. Pitheci.

Origin: OE. Primat, F. Primat, L. Primas, -atis one of the first, chief, fr. Primus the first. See Prime. Any placental mammal of the order Primates; has good eyesight and flexible hands and feet.Any member of the mammalian order Primates, in which humans are classified within.

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