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.
Alternative Form of orangutan -
orang-utang, orangutang, ourang-outang, orang-utan, orangoutang
Other Word Forms
Origin of orangutan
Malay orang hutanorangmanhutanwilderness, jungle
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Malayorang (“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.
Orangutan Sentence Examples
The orangutan is the only strictly arboreal ape and is actually the largest tree living mammal in the world.
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.
The journey would take me straight through France to Germany on a mission to collect a one-year-old, male Sumatran orangutan called Aris.