Gibbons

April 26, 2022

Gibbons / noun / gib·bon·s

The word “gibbons” is a plural noun that is used to describe a small species of apes who live in trees. We find the “gibbons” species living in the trees in the lush forests of Southeast Asia. We know them for their distinct features, which include extra loud hooting calls, long arms, and no tail. Gibbons belong to a family of apes known as “Hylobates.” According to primate experts, the gibbons are among the smallest living apes on record.

In a Sentence

Tourists in the forest of Southeast Asia could hear the “gibbons” hooting in the distance.

The children were excited to tour the “gibbons” ape exhibit at the zoo.

Gibbons are easily identifiable because they have no tails!

Etymology

The French first recorded use of the word “gibbon” in 1774. The plural version of the noun bears the same meaning as the singular version. Both references denote the tailless tree-dwelling ape found in the thick forests of Southeast Asia. Etymologists say the definition of the word hasn’t changed its meaning since its first use.

Synonym

Ape, Monkey

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