flying fox


Examples of flying fox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In eastern Australia, this included the deadly Hendra virus, which the flying foxes shed in their urine and feces. Ari Daniel, NPR, 26 Mar. 2024 As a result, the government mandated that all fruit trees attractive to flying fox bats be separated from pig farms to minimize the chance of transmission, a simple precaution that appears to have worked for 20 years now. Catherine MacHalaba, Foreign Affairs, 6 Mar. 2020 Included in the group of animals now declared extinct are the Little Mariana fruit bat, also known as a flying fox, in Guam; two species of fish, including the San Marcos gambusia in Texas and Scioto madtom in Ohio, and eight species of mussels. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 17 Oct. 2023 According to the Queensland government, flying foxes eat flowers, fruit and leaves from more than 100 native plant species. Ayla Gard, Scientific American, 13 June 2023 Another twist in the paralysis mystery is that flying foxes—a type of fruit bat that is usually nocturnal—are also being found with symptoms resembling LPS. Ayla Gard, Scientific American, 13 June 2023 Additionally, while some flying fox species are black, many others have rich, red-brown patches of fur. 9. Marisa Sloan, Discover Magazine, 3 June 2023 Five thousand dead red-wing blackbirds rained down in Arkansas, and 45,000 flying foxes hung from trees and piled on the ground in Australia. Marion Renault, The New Republic, 3 May 2023 On the hottest days, a refreshing mist will cool down flying foxes, which have suffered mass death in Australian heat waves. Natasha Frost, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1759, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flying fox was in 1759

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“Flying fox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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