The Collaborative International Dictionary
Orang-outang \O*rang"-ou*tang`\, Orang-utan \O*rang"-u*tan`\, n. [Malayan [=o]rang [=u]tan, i. e., man of the woods; [=o]rang man + [=u]tan a forest, wood, wild, savage.] (Zo["o]l.) An arboreal anthropoid ape ( Pongo pygmaeus, formerly Simia satyrus), which inhabits Borneo and Sumatra. Often called simply orang. It is now an endangered species. [Written also orangutan, orangutang, orang-utan, ourang-utang, and oran-utan.]
Note: It is over four feet high, when full grown, and has very long arms, which reach nearly or quite to the ground when the body is erect. Its color is reddish brown. In structure, it closely resembles man in many respects.
n. (alternative spelling of orangutan English)
Usage examples of "orang-utan".
In five days the populations of orang-utans, zebras, hyenas, rats, flies and cockroaches had been wiped out.
When stoned: So-and-so cavorts through the dignified hideaway of his subject's private life with all the tact and discretion of a lobotomized orang-utan which has just sat on a hedgehog.
Boa constrictors, Komodo dragons, crocodiles, piranhas, ostriches, wolves, lynx, wallabies, manatees, porcupines, orang-utans, wild boar—that’s the sort of rainfall you could expect on your umbrella.
Boa constrictors, Komodo dragons, crocodiles, piranhas, ostriches, wolves, lynx, wallabies, manatees, porcupines, orang-utans, wild boar—that's the sort of rainfall you could expect on your umbrella.
I left for school under the benevolent gaze not only of Mother but also of bright-eyed otters and burly American bison and stretching and yawning orang-utans.
But there was an admixture of other primates (notably, an orang-utan recovering from pneumonia) who refused to accord the Hanumans the respect they deserved, and so as they all fought their way upwind toward the market, variously scampering on all fours, waddling on all twos, knuckle-dragging, hopping on lamed feet, swinging from limbs of stately mango-trees, and stampeding over rooftops, they were acting out a sort of running Punch-and-Judy show, flinging coconuts and brandishing sticks at one another.
If goats could be brought to live amicably with rhinoceros, why not orang-utans with hyenas?