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  • noun (Zoöl.) The orang-outang.

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  • noun An orangutan.


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  • An animal, which from the nape of its neck downwards might resemble a man, or one of those apes which we call ourang-outang or the man of the woods, would no more be a man than an ape or a bear whose head and tail were cut off.

    A Philosophical Dictionary 2007

  • The natives of Borneo call the ourang-outang the _Mias_, of which they say there are two distinct sorts; one called the _Mias rombi_ (similar to the specimen aboard and the two in the Zoological Gardens), and the _Mias pappan_, a creature far larger, and more difficult to procure.

    The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido For the Suppression of Piracy Henry Keppel

  • My William was at this time about eleven months old, but was still at the breast, as I could never prevail on his lovely mother to wean him, and at the very time of which I am speaking, our little settlement was invaded one night by a tribe of those large baboons called ourang-outangs, pongos, or wild men of the woods, who did great mischief to our fruits, yams, and carrots.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 14, No. 398, November 14, 1829 Various

  • Poe's The Murders in the Rue Morgue featured an orangutan --- or ourang-outang as Poe called it.

    Collaboration in the Stygian Swamp | The Stiletto Gang The Stiletto Gang 2008

  • When Americans gravitate to media outlets tailored to their point of view, do they greet snarky comments as subscribers to Democratic Party newspapers in the nineteenth century did when they read that Abraham Lincoln was an "ourang outang" -- as rabid reinforcement of what they already think or believe?

    Kevin Morris and Glenn Altschuler: Juvenal Delinquencies 2009

  • Some bills now got into the box, and were read by Sir Theophilus, announcing a superb exhibition of wild beasts for the next day, consisting chiefly of monkies who could perform various feats, and a famous ourang outang, just landed from Africa.

    Camilla 2008

  • The screams of women suddenly and strangely raised, was the first thing that arrested the departure of the multitude, when those who glanced their eyes back, saw Sylvan, the great ourang-outang, produce himself in the lists, to their surprise and astonishment.

    Count Robert of Paris 2008

  • The “Old Man” is not an ourang-outang nor an Ifrít as in Sayf al-Mulúk, Night dcclxxi., but a jocose exaggeration of a custom prevailing in parts of Asia and especially in the African interior where the Tsetse-fly prevents the breeding of burden-beasts.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night 2006

  • Some of their finds were singular; among others, the skeleton of an ourang-outan, who had disappeared from the

    Les Miserables 2008

  • The ourang outang was now announced, and Mrs. Arlbery immediately left the booth, accompanied by her party, and speedily followed by Edgar.

    Camilla 2008


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