siamang [see-uh-mang] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- a large, black gibbon, Hylobates syndactylus, of Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula, having very long arms and the second and third digits partially united by a web of skin: an endangered species.
Origin of siamang Borrowed into English from Malay around 1815–25 Examples from the Web for siamang Historical Examples of siamang
They pulled with all their might; and Lanark, the cockswain, steered her for the siamang.
It is clear that in the first place we may distinguish the Siamang, H. syndactylus, which indeed some regard as a separate genus.
Frank Evers Beddard
The largest is the jet black, Sumatran “siamang,” three feet tall.
“Ay, it is a Siamang ape—next in size to the orang-utan,” said Van der Kemp, who stood at his friend’s elbow.
Robert Michael Ballantyne
The siamang differs from the other species of long-armed apes in the formation of its feet and in several other characteristics.
British Dictionary definitions for siamang siamang noun
- a large black gibbon, Hylobates (or Symphalangus) syndactylus, of Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula, having a large reddish-brown vocal sac beneath the chin and the second and third toes united
Word Origin for siamang C19: from Malay