Gibbon meaning

gĭbən
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A small ape of the family Hylobatidae with long limbs, which it uses to travel through rainforests by swinging from branch to branch.
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(person) 1737-94; Eng. historian.
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Any of various small arboreal apes of the family Hylobatidae of Southeast Asia, having a slender body, long arms, and no tail.
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Any of a family (Hylobatidae) of small, slender, long-armed, tree-dwelling anthropoid apes of India, S China, and the East Indies.
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Origin of gibbon

  • French 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 American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French gibbon.

    From Wiktionary