any of a family (Hylobatidae) of small, slender, long-armed, tree-dwelling anthropoid apes of India, S China, and the East Indies
Origin of gibbonFrench from native name
1737-94; Eng. historian
Any of various small arboreal apes of the family Hylobatidae of Southeast Asia, having a slender body, long arms, and no tail.
Origin of gibbonFrench applied to the animals by Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon in his Histoire Naturelle, in which the word is said to be a local name in a language of Southeast Asia
From French gibbon.