Definition of orangutan in English:


Syllabification: o·rang·u·tan
Pronunciation: /ôˈraNG(ɡ)əˌtan
(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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