Meaning of orangutan in English:

orangutan

(also orangutang)

Pronunciation /ɔːˌraŋuːˈtan/ /əˈraŋuːtan/

Translate orangutan into Spanish

noun

  • A large mainly solitary arboreal ape with long red hair, long arms, and hooked hands and feet, native to Borneo and Sumatra.

    Pongo pygmaeus, family Pongidae

    ‘Experts now bracket humans in the ‘hominidae’ family of great apes, along with orangutans, chimpanzees, bonobos and gorillas.’
    • ‘He added: ‘When people think of monkeys they think of chimpanzees and orangutans which are actually great apes.’’
    • ‘In fact, actually compared to chimpanzees and gorillas the orangutans are really much more endangered.’
    • ‘Although orangutans live solitary lives most of the time, they have a complex social structure and are characterized by extreme sexual dimorphism.’
    • ‘At the zoo, people flock to gawp at the chimps, gorillas and orang-utans.’
    • ‘‘There are 6,000 orang-utans left in Sumatra and they are losing a thousand a year,’ said Galster.’
    • ‘The endangered orang-utans live wild only on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo, and are the largest arboreal mammals on earth.’
    • ‘A baby orang-utan - Budi, meaning the wise one - has been born to mum Subis, bringing the total number of Sumatran orang-utans to seven.’
    • ‘Besides the more well-known gorillas, the zoo is home to two families of chimpanzees and a pair of orangutans.’
    • ‘This scheme will give eight eager, outgoing, environmentally interested young people the opportunity to head into the Borneo Jungle on a challenging three-week mission to help endangered orang-utans.’
    • ‘The lifeboat is also occupied by a zebra, an orangutan, and a hyena.’
    • ‘There are an estimated 13,000 orang-utans left in Sabah from a population of over 145,000 100 years ago, making this their last stronghold in Malaysia.’
    • ‘The plight of the orangutans is very moving and we felt the foundation would be a very appropriate place to raise funds for.’
    • ‘The fires have driven orang-utans, already rapidly declining due to forest clearing, into populated areas, where the adults have been killed for food and the young taken for the illegal pet trade.’
    • ‘Chimpanzee families really have something to screech about now that they, along with a pair of orangutans, have moved into new premises at the Johannesburg Zoo.’
    • ‘An eight-day trip costs around £1200 and may be combined with rainforest trips to see orang-utans or a diving trip to Layang Layang.’
    • ‘At breakfast time you can eat with the orang-utans.’
    • ‘It has the added advantage of not disturbing the denizens of the forest who assume that the people crossing it are orang-utans!’

Origin

Late 17th century from Malay orang utan ‘forest person’.