flying lemur


Definition of flying lemur

: either of two nocturnal arboreal mammals (Cynocephalus volans of the Philippines and C. variegatus synonym Galeopterus variegatus of Vietnam and Thailand south to Indonesia) that are about the size of a cat, that make long gliding leaps using a broad fold of skin on each side attached to and extending between the limbs, and that are placed in a separate taxonomic order (Dermoptera)

called also colugo

Examples of flying lemur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There were really strong winds and a Colugo (flying lemur) nest! Unding Jami, National Geographic, "The world's tallest known tropical tree has been found—and climbed," 3 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of flying lemur

1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Flying lemur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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