- a large, long-armed anthropoid ape, Pongo pygmaeus, of arboreal habits, inhabiting Borneo and Sumatra: an endangered species.
Origin of orangutan
Examples from the Web for orangutan
Some dude slaps an orangutan around a little,” says Rick, “and they ask for $800,000,000.The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial
June 28, 2014
But it is unlikely to make that transition itself, anymore than you could turn yourself into your neighbor, or an orangutan.Can Walmart Change?
November 29, 2012
There was an orangutan sanctuary there, and I heard that they were taking volunteers.Audrey Tautou on ‘Amélie,’ Her New Film ‘Delicacy,’ & More
March 18, 2012
The exhibit was intended as an example of the "missing link" between the orangutan and white man.Of Course Killer Whales Kill
February 25, 2010
Sammy the orangutan has watched himself in Dunston Checks In, and he seemed to be interested.Bubbles Speaks
July 5, 2009
Word Origin and History for orangutan
1690s, from Dutch orang-outang (1631), from Malay orang utan, literally "man of the woods," from orang "man" + utan, hutan "forest, wild." It is possible that the word originally was used by town-dwellers on Java to describe savage forest tribes of the Sunda Islands and that Europeans misunderstood it to mean the ape. The name is not now applied in Malay to the animal, but there is evidence that it was used so in 17c. [OED]