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.
But it is unlikely to make that transition itself, anymore than you could turn yourself into your neighbor, or an orangutan.
There was an orangutan sanctuary there, and I heard that they were taking volunteers.Audrey Tautou on ‘Amélie,’ Her New Film ‘Delicacy,’ & More|Marlow Stern|March 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Sammy the orangutan has watched himself in Dunston Checks In, and he seemed to be interested.
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]