from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An arboreal anthropoid ape (Pongo pygmaeus) of Borneo and Sumatra, having a shaggy reddish-brown coat, very long arms, and no tail.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An arboreal anthropoid ape genus Pongo consisting of two species, Pongo pygmaeus of Borneo and Pongo abelii of Sumatra, having a shaggy reddish-brown coat, very long arms, and no tail.
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- n. large long-armed ape of Borneo and Sumatra having arboreal habits
Malay orang hutan : orang, man + hutan, wilderness, jungle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Malay orang ("person", "man") + hutan ("forest") "forest man". The name "orang utan (sic)" appears to have been bestowed by Europeans. The indigenous name given to the apes Pongo pygmaeus and Pongo abelii by locals historically was mawas. (Wiktionary)