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orangutan

noun orang·u·tan \ə-ˈraŋ-ə-ˌtaŋ, -ˈraŋ-gə-, -ˌtan\

: a large ape that has very long arms and reddish-brown hair

Full Definition of ORANGUTAN

:  a largely herbivorous arboreal anthropoid ape (Pongo pygmaeus) of Borneo and Sumatra that is about 23 as large as the gorilla and has brown skin, long sparse reddish-brown hair, and very long arms

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Origin of ORANGUTAN

Bazaar Malay (Malay-based pidgin), from Malay orang man + hutan forest
First Known Use: 1691

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