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orangutan

[ aw-rang-oo-tan, oh-rang-, uh-rang- ]
/ 蓴藞r忙艐 蕣藢t忙n, o蕣藞r忙艐-, 蓹藞r忙艐- /
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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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Also o路rang-u路tan; o路rang路u路tang or o路rang-ou路tang [aw-rang-oo-tang, oh-rang-, uh-rang-] /蓴藞r忙艐 蕣藢t忙艐, o蕣藞r忙艐-, 蓹藞r忙艐-/ .
Also called o路rang [aw-rang, oh-rang] /蓴藞r忙艐, o蕣藞r忙艐/ .

Origin of orangutan

First recorded in 1690鈥1700; from Dutch orang outang, apparently from Malay: literally, 鈥渇orest man鈥 (Malay orang 鈥渕an, person鈥 + (h)utan 鈥渇orest鈥
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British Dictionary definitions for orangutan

orang-utan

orang-utang (蓴藧藢r忙艐u藧藞t忙艐, 藢蓴藧r忙艐藞u藧t忙艐)

/ (蓴藧藢r忙艐u藧藞t忙n, 藢蓴藧r忙艐藞u藧t忙n) /

noun
a large anthropoid ape, Pongo pygmaeus, of the forests of Sumatra and Borneo, with shaggy reddish-brown hair and strong armsSometimes shortened to: orang

Word Origin for orang-utan

C17: from Malay orang hutan, from 艒rang man + h奴tan forest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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