orangutan[ô raŋ′o̵o tan′]
A mother orangutan and her baby.
Origin of orangutanMalay oraṅ utan, literally , man of the forest ; from oraṅ, man + utan, forest, term for savage tribes: first applied to the ape by Europeans
Origin of orangutanMalay orang hutan : orang, man + hutan, wilderness, jungle.
Malay orang (â€œperson", "manâ€) + hutan (â€œforestâ€) "forest man". The name "orang utan (sic)" appears to have been bestowed by Europeans. The indigenous name given to the apes Pongo pygmaeus and Pongo abelii by locals historically was mawas.