American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several small arboreal apes of the genus Hylobates of southeast Asia and the East Indies, having a slender body, long arms, and no tail.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common name of the long-armed apes of the genus Hylobates, subfamily Hylobatinæ, and family Simiidæ. These apes have a remarkably slender body, with very long slim limbs, especially the fore limbs or arms, which almost touch the ground when the animal stands erect; the tail is rudimentary, and there are ischial callosities. In some respects the gibbons approach man very closely. They inhabit the East Indian archipelago and the peninsular mainland, and are extremely agile, swinging themselves in the trees like the spider-monkeys of the new world. There are several species, one of the best-known of which is Hylobates lar, inhabiting Tenasserim and a wide extent of adjoining country, of a blackish color marked with white on the face and hands. The hoolock (H. hoolock) is another, found in Assam and neighboring regions. The crowned gibbon is H. pileatus of Siam. Sumatra has a gibbon (H. agilis) noted for uttering musical sounds, and variously called wou-wou, oungha, ungaputi, unkaputi, etc. The most notable gibbon is the Sumatran siamang (H. siamanga or Siamanga syndactyla), which has two of its toes webbed. See these names, also ape, Hylobates.
- n. A small ape of the family Hylobatidae with long limbs, which it uses to travel through rainforests by swinging from branch to branch.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any arboreal ape of the genus Hylobates, of which many species and varieties inhabit the East Indies and Southern Asia. They are tailless and without cheek pouches, and have very long arms, adapted for climbing.
- n. English historian best known for his history of the Roman Empire (1737-1794)
- n. smallest and most perfectly anthropoid arboreal ape having long arms and no tail; of southern Asia and East Indies
- From French gibbon. (Wiktionary)
- French. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Someone yesterday asked (don't know who it was, as it was an anonymous post, though she did say she was from Canada) what a gibbon is - this is not some obscure English quilting term - this is the stuffed toy on Sarah's postcard - it's a kind of monkey with long arms.”
“They said, We are interested in gibbon songs because, apart from human speech, these vocalisations provide a remarkable case of acoustic sophistication and versatility in primate communication.”
“Of the apes, though many can stand upright, the gibbon is the only one that attempts to walk in this position.”
“In this latter respect they recall the gibbon in its effort to walk.”
“The buffalo and the gibbon are the largest in the islands, with a variety of monkeys.”
“These are bears, tigers, tons of birds and of course the black-crested gibbon, which is really the draw of the program.”
“Oh did I laugh She was known as the gibbon for while after that My ex wanted to know if CVR (T) came in right-hand drive for use in the UK.”
“Oh did I laugh She was known as the gibbon for while after that”
“Do you feel better or worse for the news that a gibbon is your close cousin?”
“This Canadian girl would like to know what a "gibbon" is?”
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