The Word ‘Orangutan’

  title={The Word ‘Orangutan’},
  author={Wayan Jarrah Sastrawan},
  journal={Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde},
Orangutans are a type of great ape found in the wild in Sumatra and Borneo. The word ‘orangutan’ in European languages originates from a Malay expression meaning ‘forest person’, but many scholars have argued that it was not in genuine usage among the indigenous peoples of the archipelago. Instead, it is widely believed that the word ‘orangutan’, as a term for the ape, resulted from either an invention or a misunderstanding on the part of European visitors in the seventeenth century CE. I… 



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