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 (ō-răng′, ô′răng)
n. Informal
An orangutan.


(ɔːˈræŋ; ˈɔːræŋ)
(Animals) short for orang-utan


(ɔˈræŋ ʊˌtæn, oʊˈræŋ-, əˈræŋ-)

also o•rang′u•tang`, o•rang′ou•tang`


a large, mostly arboreal, long-armed anthropoid ape, Pongo pygmaeus, of Borneo and Sumatra.
[1690–1700; < New Latin, Dutch < pidgin Malay: literally, forest man]
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Noun1.orang - large long-armed ape of Borneo and Sumatra having arboreal habitsorang - large long-armed ape of Borneo and Sumatra having arboreal habits
great ape, pongid - any of the large anthropoid apes of the family Pongidae
genus Pongo, Pongo - type genus of the family Pongidae: orangutans
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Upper primates section leader Pat Stevens said: "All four of our orangs love playing with bed sheets, but especially four year-old Sprout.
But the sheets only withstand a day's orang play and then we have to throw them away at the end of the day, so we're constantly going through our own supply that we bring in from home.
Orangs, it seems, have a specific call known as the 'kiss-squeak' made by pursing the lips together and drawing in breath between them.
Any intruder, however, is more likely to be frightened off by a big orang than a small one, and big orangs make a lower-pitched kiss-squeak than smaller ones.
Producer Vanessa Berlowitz, 32, says: "We got our footage on the last morning - when other orangs were around, she'd hide.
When they're young, orangs hang on to their mother's hair.
So orangs have to remember where and when to visit each tree.
When industry and palm oil plantations shrank the rain forest, the orangs were pressed for food and living space.
Young orangs are still highly prized as pets in some parts of the world, but it's a trade Julia would love to halt: "They are the sweetest, most innocent creatures.
Jeanne Roush, then PETA's director of research and investigations, and one of the losing defendants, charged that the orangs were routinely beaten into submission right before going onstage.
During the session with a class of year seven children, Caroline also used made-up mimes and delved into the realms of fantasy when describing genetic mutations by giving the orangs the ability to protect their rainforests with the help of laser eyes