flying squirrel

noun

Definition of flying squirrel

: either of two small nocturnal North American squirrels (Glaucomys volans and G. sabrinus) with folds of skin connecting the forelegs and hind legs that enable it to make long gliding leaps also : any of various squirrels that possess a patagium

Examples of flying squirrel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That discovery happened by accident—while the researchers were studying lichen, one pointed a UV flashlight at a flying squirrel that was chowing down at a birdfeeder. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Platypuses Glow Green Under Ultraviolet Light," 3 Nov. 2020 Science has documented many biofluorescent animals, including sharks, scorpions, butterflies, penguins, jellyfish, puffins and even flying squirrels. Remy Tumin, New York Times, "Stock Market, South Carolina, Donald Judd: Your Friday Evening Briefing," 28 Feb. 2020 But then, out of nowhere, a flying squirrel decides to photobomb the moment, and a camera flash only adds to the mayhem. Mary Beth Griggs, Popular Science, "10 embarrassing animal photos captured by camera traps," 1 May 2016 Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 1.9 million with 67% living in the U.S. and 33% in Canada. Pileateds' feeding holes and nest cavities benefit other species, including flying squirrels. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: The sighting of a 'ghost bird' along the Milwaukee River is a double treat," 12 Feb. 2020 The wooded corridor surrounding the Potomac River in the city’s northwest, along which the C&O Canal and bike path runs, is particularly rich: Here he’s spotted coyotes, red foxes, beavers, and even flying squirrels. National Geographic, "Bobcat spotted roaming Washington D.C. in rare sighting," 14 Jan. 2020 The bags vary in size, from 4-by-7 inches for sugar gliders, a sort of airborne possum that sails through the air like a flying squirrel, to 11-by-12 inches for young kangaroos. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In California: Big spending plans, help for Australia's critters and that photo," 10 Jan. 2020 Hoary marmots, flying squirrels and tundra swans prepare for sleep in their respective safe havens. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "5 Alaska children’s books perfect for gifting this holiday season," 23 Nov. 2019 Volaticotherium, from about the same time, resembled a flying squirrel. Riley Black, Smithsonian, "Fossil Site Reveals How Mammals Thrived After the Death of the Dinosaurs," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of flying squirrel

1591, in the meaning defined above

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“Flying squirrel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flying%20squirrel. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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