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Definition of "orangutan" []

  • An arboreal anthropoid ape (Pongo pygmaeus) of Borneo and Sumatra, having a shaggy reddish-brown coat, very long arms, and no tail. (noun)
  • A large anthropoid ape, Pongo pygmaeus, of the forests of Sumatra and Borneo, with shaggy reddish-brown hair and strong arms (noun)

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Use "orangutan" in a sentence
  • "While many believe the term orangutan is a reference to its orange or light red hair, this actually isn't the correct etymology."
  • "The orangutan is a Convention on International Trade of Endangerd Species (CITES) I species and was added to the U.S."
  • "Conservatives (sic) predict without immediate action, the orangutan could be the first great ape to become instinct in the wild."