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gibbon

[gib-uh n] /ˈgɪb ən/
noun
1.
any small, slender, long-armed arboreal anthropoid ape of the genus Hylobates, of the East Indies and southern Asia: all gibbon species are reduced in number and some are very rare.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; < French, name of uncertain origin used by Buffon

Gibbon

[gib-uh n] /ˈgɪb ən/
noun
1.
Edward, 1737–94, English historian.
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  • The gibbon family, hylobatidae, is composed of thirteen mediumsized species.
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gibbon

/ˈɡɪbən/
noun
1.
any small agile arboreal anthropoid ape of the genus Hylobates, inhabiting forests in S Asia
Word Origin
C18: from French, probably from an Indian dialect word

Gibbon

/ˈɡɪbən/
noun
1.
Edward. 1737–94, English historian; author of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776–88), controversial in its historical criticism of Christianity
2.
Lewis Grassic (ˈɡræsɪk), real name James Leslie Mitchell. 1901–35, Scottish writer: best known for his trilogy of novels Scots Quair (1932–34)
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Word Origin and History for gibbon
n.

1770, from French gibbon (18c.), supposedly from a word in the French colonies of India but not found in any language there. Brought to Europe by Marquis Joseph-François Dupleix (1697-1763), French governor general in India 1742-54. The surname is Old French Giboin, from Frankish *Geba-win "gift-friend," or in some cases a diminutive of Gibb, itself a familiar form of Gilbert.

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