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
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
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
- More than half-a-dozen separate races of orangutan are recognized in Borneo, where, however, they do not appear to be restricted to separate localities.