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orangutan

Line breaks: orang|utan
Pronunciation: /ɔːˌraŋuːˈtan
 
, əˈraŋuːtan
 
/
(also orangutang /-uːˈtaŋ/)

Definition of orangutan in English:

noun

A large mainly solitary arboreal ape with long red hair, long arms, and hooked hands and feet, native to Borneo and Sumatra.
  • Pongo pygmaeus, family Pongidae
Example sentences
  • Experts now bracket humans in the ‘hominidae’ family of great apes, along with orangutans, chimpanzees, bonobos and gorillas.
  • He added: ‘When people think of monkeys they think of chimpanzees and orangutans which are actually great apes.’
  • In fact, actually compared to chimpanzees and gorillas the orangutans are really much more endangered.

Origin

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

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