Definition of orangutan in English:

orangutan

Syllabification: o·rang·u·tan
Pronunciation: /əˈraNG(g)əˌtan
 
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(also orangutang, orang-utan)

noun

  • 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
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    • 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.

Origin

late 17th century: from Malay orang utan 'forest person'.

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