Definition of gibbon in English:


Line breaks: gib¦bon
Pronunciation: /ˈgɪb(ə)n


  • A small, slender tree-dwelling ape with long powerful arms and loud hooting calls, native to the forests of SE Asia.
    • Family Hylobatidae and genus Hylobates: several species
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    • 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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