siamang [see-uh-mang] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. 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.

    Four Young Explorers

    Oliver Optic

  • It is clear that in the first place we may distinguish the Siamang, H. syndactylus, which indeed some regard as a separate genus.

    The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia

    Frank Evers Beddard

  • The largest is the jet black, Sumatran “siamang,” three feet tall.

    Zoology: The Science of Animal Life

    Ernest Ingersoll

  • “Ay, it is a Siamang ape—next in size to the orang-utan,” said Van der Kemp, who stood at his friend’s elbow.

    Blown to Bits

    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.

    Natural History in Anecdote


  • British Dictionary definitions for siamang siamang noun

    1. 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

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