Other Word Forms of Orangutan
Origin of Orangutan
Malay orang (“person", "man") + hutan (“forest") "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.
Malay orang hutan orang man hutan wilderness, jungle
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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