primate - definition and synonyms

noun [countable]
singularprimate
pluralprimates
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    /ˈpraɪmeɪt/
    biology an animal belonging to the same group as humans, which includes monkeys and apes
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    /ˈpraɪmət/
    the name in some religions or churches for a priest of the highest rank in a particular region or country