(also orangutang, orang-utan)
A large mainly solitary arboreal ape with long reddish hair, long arms, and hooked hands and feet, native to Borneo and Sumatra. The mature male develops fleshy cheek pads and a throat pouch.
- Pongo pygmaeus, family Pongidae
More example sentences
- Experts now bracket humans in the ‘hominidae’ family of great apes, along with orang-utans, chimpanzees, bonobos and gorillas.
- He added: ‘When people think of monkeys they think of chimpanzees and orang-utans which are actually great apes.’
- In fact, actually compared to chimpanzees and gorillas the orang-utans are really much more endangered.
late 17th century: from Malay orang utan 'forest person'.
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