Definition of orang-utan in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɔːˌraŋuːˈtan
, əˈraŋuːtan
(also orang-utang /-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
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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.


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

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