orangutan [ aw- rang- oo-tan, oh- rang-, uh- rang- ] SHOW IPA / ɔˈræŋ ʊˌtæn, oʊˈræŋ-, əˈræŋ- / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun either of two species of long-armed, arboreal great ape, the only extant members of the subfamily Ponginae, inhabiting Borneo ( Pongo pygmaeus) and Sumatra ( P. abelii): both species, including all three of the Bornean subspecies, are endangered.
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o·rang-ou·tang [aw- rang- oo-tang, oh- rang-, uh- rang-] /ɔˈræŋ ʊˌtæŋ, oʊˈræŋ-, əˈræŋ-/
o·rang [aw- rang, oh- rang] /ɔˈræŋ, oʊˈræŋ/
Origin of orangutan
First recorded in 1690–1700; from Dutch
orang outang, apparently from Malay: literally, “forest man” (Malay orang “man, person” + (h)utan “forest”
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How to use orangutan in a sentence
It is large in the anthropoid apes, especially in the orang, in which it is very long and spirally convoluted.
It is shortest in the chimpanzee, somewhat longer in the gorilla, still longer in the orang, and remarkably long in the gibbon.
As regards the other anthropoid species, Wallace's observations on the habits of the orang are of interest.
Here then are two animals, the pithecos and the orang-outang, which must be ranked among the ape kind.
British Dictionary definitions for orangutan orang-utan orang-utang ( ɔːˌræŋuːˈtæŋ, ˌɔːræŋˈuːtæŋ) / ( ɔːˌræŋuːˈtæn, ˌɔːræŋˈuːtæn) / noun a large anthropoid ape, Pongo pygmaeus, of the forests of Sumatra and Borneo, with shaggy reddish-brown hair and strong arms Sometimes shortened to: orang Word Origin for orang-utan
C17: from Malay
orang hutan, from ōrang man + hūtan forest
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