: a genus of large Asiatic flying squirrels some of which may reach a length of 18 inches excluding the long bushy tail

Word History


New Latin, from Latin petaurista ropedancer, from petaurum stage or springboard used by ropedancers (modification of Greek peteuron platform, roost) + -ista -ist; akin to Greek petesthai to fly

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“Petaurista.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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