gibbon

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English[edit]

A lar gibbon

Etymology[edit]

Reborrowing from French gibbon, folk etymology (compare English Gibbon)[1] ultimately from an Aslian language.[2]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɪbən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪbən

Noun[edit]

gibbon (plural gibbons)

  1. A small ape of the family Hylobatidae with long limbs, which it uses to travel through rainforests by swinging from branch to branch.
    • 1950, Evelyn Waugh, Helena.
      ' [] Suppose that in years to come, when the Church's troubles seem to be over, there should come an apostate of my own trade, a false historian, with the mind of Cicero or Tacitus and the soul of an animal,' and he nodded towards the gibbon who fretted his golden chain and chattered for fruit.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Skeat, Walter William (1910), “gibbon”, in An etymological dictionary of the English language, Oxford: Clarendon, page 778.
  2. ^ Lim, Teckwyn (2020), "An Aslian origin for the word gibbon", in Lexis Link

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Dutch[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French gibbon.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɣɪ.bɔn/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: gib‧bon

Noun[edit]

gibbon m (plural gibbons)

  1. gibbon, primate of the family Hylobatidae

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Brought to Europe from French India by Joseph François Dupleix, probably from an English folk etymology (compare English Gibbon)[1] with an Aslian root.[2]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

gibbon m (plural gibbons)

  1. Gibbon

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Skeat, Walter William (1910), “gibbon”, in An etymological dictionary of the English language, Oxford: Clarendon, page 778.
  2. ^ Lim, Teckwyn (2020), "An Aslian origin for the word gibbon", in Lexis Link