Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several small arboreal apes of the genus Hylobates of southeast Asia and the East Indies, having a slender body, long arms, and no tail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small ape of the family Hylobatidae with long limbs, which it uses to travel through rainforests by swinging from branch to branch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any arboreal ape of the genus Hylobates, of which many species and varieties inhabit the East Indies and Southern Asia. They are tailless and without cheek pouches, and have very long arms, adapted for climbing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common name of the long-armed apes of the genus Hylobates, subfamily Hylobatinæ, and family Simiidæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. English historian best known for his history of the Roman Empire (1737-1794)
  • n. smallest and most perfectly anthropoid arboreal ape having long arms and no tail; of southern Asia and East Indies

Etymologies

French.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French gibbon. (Wiktionary)

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  • A nut-hook. --A Provincial Glossary, 1787. Provincial term from Berkshire England.

    May 5, 2011