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primate

noun [C] uk   /ˈpraɪ.meɪt/ /-mət/ specialized us  

primate noun [C] (ANIMAL)

biology a member of the most developed and intelligent group of mammals, including humans, monkeys, and apes

primate noun [C] (PRIEST)

religion a priest with the highest position in his country: He was made the Roman Catholic Primate of All Ireland last year.
Translations of “primate”
in Spanish primado…
in French primat…
in German der Primas…
in Chinese (Traditional) 動物, 靈長類動物…
in Russian примат…
in Turkish insanları ve maymunları içeren hayvanlar grubu üyesi, ilk yaratıklar…
in Chinese (Simplified) 动物, 灵长目动物…
in Polish (ssak) naczelny…
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