gibbon

noun
gib·​bon | \ ˈgi-bən How to pronounce gibbon (audio) \

Definition of gibbon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of a genus (Hylobates of the family Hylobatidae) of agile brachiating tailless apes of southeastern Asia that are the smallest and most arboreal anthropoid apes

Gibbon

biographical name
Gib·​bon | \ ˈgi-bən How to pronounce Gibbon (audio) \

Definition of Gibbon (Entry 2 of 2)

Edward 1737–1794 English historian

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Noun

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from gibbon

Biographical name

Gibbonesque \ ˌgi-​bə-​ˈnesk How to pronounce Gibbonesque (audio) \ or Gibbonian \ gi-​ˈbō-​nē-​ən How to pronounce Gibbonian (audio) \ adjective

Examples of gibbon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun More active-minded travelers can take on water sports, golfing, guided hikes, and even treks to see white-handed gibbons in their natural habitat. Chadner Navarro, Fortune, "2020’s Most Anticipated Hotel Openings," 1 Jan. 2020 The zoo’s news release did not include a name for the infant gibbon. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, "Little Rock Zoo welcomes baby gibbon," 16 Dec. 2019 The Little Rock Zoo on Monday announced the birth of a new baby gibbon. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, "Little Rock Zoo welcomes baby gibbon," 16 Dec. 2019 The infant gibbon is at least the second baby animal welcomed in Little Rock in 2019. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, "Little Rock Zoo welcomes baby gibbon," 16 Dec. 2019 The park offers drive an drive-through tours with animals such as giraffes, elk, camels and zebras, as well as walk-through tours and educational feedings of animals such as porcupines, kangaroos, tortoises and gibbons. Craig Shoup, USA TODAY, "Fire kills unknown number of animals at Ohio wildlife park," 29 Nov. 2019 Though there are tiny apes (the gibbon, at under 20 pounds) and large monkeys (the mandrill, up to 80 pounds), apes are generally larger and require a lot more calories. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Ancient Drunk Gorillas Are the Reason You Can Tolerate Booze Today," 5 Dec. 2019 Siamangs are endangered medium-sized primates, essentially gibbons, that weigh about 25 pounds. Doug Phillips, sun-sentinel.com, "Pebbles and sand in your tummy? It led to surgery for a zoo primate," 16 Oct. 2019 Wildlife volunteers: An article in the July 6 Saturday section about opportunities to get closer to wildlife as a volunteer misstated the number of gibbons at the Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita as 28. latimes.com, "For the Record," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of gibbon

Noun

1774, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gibbon

Noun

French

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The first known use of gibbon was in 1774

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“Gibbon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gibbon. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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gibbon

noun
How to pronounce Gibbon (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of gibbon

: a small ape of southeastern Asia that has long arms and legs and lives mostly in trees

gibbon

noun
gib·​bon | \ ˈgi-bən How to pronounce gibbon (audio) \

Kids Definition of gibbon

: a small tailless ape of southeastern Asia that has long arms and legs and lives mostly in trees

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