gibbon

noun gib·bon \ ˈgi-bən \
Updated on: 15 May 2018

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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Origin and Etymology of gibbon

French

Other Mammals Terms


Gibbon

biographical name Gib·bon \ ˈgi-bən \

Definition of Gibbon

Edward 1737–1794 English historian

Gibbonesque

play \ˌgi-bə-ˈnesk\ or Gibbonian play \gi-ˈbō-nē-ən\ adjective

GIBBON Defined for English Language Learners

gibbon

Definition of gibbon for English Language Learners

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


GIBBON Defined for Kids

gibbon

noun gib·bon \ ˈgi-bən \

Definition of gibbon for Students

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


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