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English definition of “orang-utan”

orang-utan

noun [C]     /əˈræŋ.u.tæn/ /ɔːˌræŋ.uˈtæn/ US  /ɔːˈræŋ.ə.tæn/ (also orang)
a large ape with reddish-brown hair and long arms that lives in the forests of Sumatra and BorneoHumans, apes and monkeys
(Definition of orang-utan noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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