hoolock gibbon

noun
hoo·​lock gibbon | \ ˈhü-ˌläk- How to pronounce hoolock gibbon (audio) , -lək- \
variants: or hoolock
plural hoolock gibbons also hoolocks

Definition of hoolock gibbon

: a forest-dwelling gibbon (Hoolock hoolock) of Eastern Bangladesh, northeastern India, and western Myanmar also : a closely related gibbon (Hoolock leuconedys) of southern China and northeastern Myanmar

Note: Taxonomic classification remains unsettled with the hoolock gibbons often considered to be subspecies of a single species (Hoolock hoolock or Bunopithecus hoolock).

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native name in northeastern India or Burma

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“Hoolock gibbon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoolock%20gibbon. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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