flying fox


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Recent Examples on the Web The Pemba flying fox, Africa’s largest fruit bat with a wingspan of 5.5 feet, found only on the remote island of Pemba off the coast of Tanzania, nearly went extinct 30 years ago. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 Fans of the video games will also recognize Colleen O’Shaughnessey’s Tails, an anthropomorphic flying fox who tags along for the ride after making his big-screen debut in the first movie’s credits sequence. Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2022 Enlarge / Sonic joins forces with a two-tailed flying fox named Tails to defeat Dr. Robotnik. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 14 Mar. 2022 Real estate agents are highly unlikely to go the way of the Caspian tiger or Guam flying fox anytime soon. Kevin Markarian, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 While the virus can infect different animals, the main reservoir appears to be the fruit bat (genus Pteropus), otherwise known as the flying fox. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Some of the animal species that were imported, including a flying fox and monitor lizard, require a permit to import because of regulations on the trade of threatened and endangered animals. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 May 2021 Ditto for flying fox moms dangling from tree branches in Sri Lanka who seemed to favor keeping their babies on the left. Abigail Tucker, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 May 2021 The little red flying fox averaged about 5000 kilometers per year—farther than champion mammalian migrators such as caribou, which travel 1200 kilometers per year, and wildebeest, which migrate 2900 kilometers with each trip. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 20 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of flying fox

1759, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flying fox was in 1759

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2 May 2022

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“Flying fox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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