Definition of gibbon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡibən/


A small, slender tree-dwelling ape with long powerful arms and loud hooting calls, native to the forests of Southeast Asia. See also white-handed gibbon.
  • Family Hylobatidae and genus Hylobates: several species
Example sentences
  • Those species were chimpanzee, gorilla, orangutan, gibbon, macaque and owl monkey.
  • Today it comprises humans, the gibbons, and the great apes (orangutan, chimpanzee, and gorilla).
  • Only five percent of mammals are thought to be socially monogamous, including gibbons, jackals, and tamarins.


Late 18th century: from French, from an Indian dialect word.

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