a great ape (Pongo pygmaeus) with shaggy, reddish-brown hair, very long arms, small ears, and a hairless face: it is smaller than the gorilla and is found only in the swampy, coastal jungles of Borneo and Sumatra
Origin of orangutanMalay ora? utan, literally , man of the forest ; from ora?, man + utan, forest, thus, wild man, origin, originally used of indigenous peoples: first applied to the ape by Europeans
Either of two large arboreal apes, Pongo pygmaeus of Borneo or P. abelii of Sumatra, having a shaggy reddish-brown coat, very long arms, and no tail.
Origin of orangutanMalay orang hutan : orang, man + hutan, wilderness, jungle.