Origin of gibbonFrench from native name
any of a family (Hylobatidae) of small, slender, long-armed, tree-dwelling anthropoid apes of India, S China, and the East Indies
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.
- Gibbon sat and listened unobserved to their strictures.
- Some time before the publication of the essay, Gibbon had entered a new and, one might suppose, a very uncongenial scene of life.
- For instance, Mirabeau wrote thus to Sir Samuel Romilly: " I have never been able to read the work of Mr Gibbon without being astounded that it should ever have been written in English; or without being tempted to turn to the author and say, ` You an Englishman ?
- Albania is perhaps the least-known region in Europe; and though more than a hundred years have passed since Gibbon described it as "a country within sight of Italy, which is less known than the interior of America," but little progress has yet been made towards a scientific knowledge of this interesting land and its inhabitants.
- Gibbon justly calls Beli- sarius the Africanus of New Rome.