Orangutan definition

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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.
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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.
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An arboreal anthropoid ape genus Pongo consisting of two species, Pongo pygmaeus of Borneo and Pongo abelii of Sumatra, having a shaggy reddish-brown coat, very long arms, and no tail.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of orangutan - orang-utang, orangutang, ourang-outang, orang-utan, orangoutang

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
orangutan
Plural:
orangutans

Origin of orangutan

  • Malay orang hutan orang man hutan wilderness, jungle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary