(also orangutang /-uːˈtaŋ/)
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.
- 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.
Late 17th century: from Malay orang utan 'forest person'.
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