Origin of orangutan
Examples from the Web for orang-utan
The Catarrhini are restricted entirely to the Old World, and include the gorilla, the chimpanzee and orang-utan.
Meanwhile it has been decided, humanely, not to break the news to the orang-utan himself until the weather gets cooler.
But above all I had come across a great many “orang-utan” (Malay for “jungle-man”) and had been able to study their habits.Wanderings Among South Sea Savages And in Borneo and the Philippines|H. Wilfrid Walker
But other mandibles of the same kind of ape (Orang-utan) are very different.Prehistoric Man|W. L. H. Duckworth
The Malay Archipelago: The land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches|Louis M. Roth
British Dictionary definitions for orang-utan
orang-utang (ɔːˌræŋuːˈtæŋ, ˌɔːræŋˈuːtæŋ)
Word Origin for orang-utan
Word Origin and History for orang-utan
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]