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

Definition of gibbon

: 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

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Examples of gibbon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two names with the most votes when the contest ends on Jan. 26 will each be painted on an enrichment item and presented to the baby gibbon’s parents, Parker (mother) and Milo (father). Megan Becka, cleveland, 12 Jan. 2022 The zoo’s female gibbon, Parker, gave birth on Dec. 9. Megan Becka, cleveland, 17 Dec. 2021 Species that are currently maybe only a generation away from extinction include the Javan rhino with fewer than 70 left, the Hainan gibbon, a type of ape with fewer than 30 left. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 30 Sep. 2021 Several months later, the baby gibbon was given her name. Ally Mauch,, 14 June 2021 The Kansas City Zoo is mourning the loss of a baby gibbon. Ally Mauch,, 14 June 2021 The world’s most critically endangered primate, the Hainan gibbon, is barely surviving. Mary Bates, National Geographic, 15 Oct. 2020 But this is the first example of the rare Hainan gibbon using them. Lucy Hicks, Science | AAAS, 15 Oct. 2020 With just 30 individuals left, the Hainan gibbon (Nomascus hainanus) is considered the rarest primate on Earth. Lucy Hicks, Science | AAAS, 15 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of gibbon

1774, in the meaning defined above

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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

Gibbon biographical name

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

Definition of Gibbon

Edward 1737–1794 English historian

Other Words from gibbon

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

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