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 Those include a baby flying squirrel, a baby fox and bear cubs. Felicia Fonseca, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Oct. 2021 Those include a baby flying squirrel, a baby fox and bear cubs. Felicia Fonseca, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Oct. 2021 Those include a baby flying squirrel, a baby fox and bear cubs. Felicia Fonseca, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Oct. 2021 Those include a baby flying squirrel, a baby fox and bear cubs. Felicia Fonseca, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Oct. 2021 Those include a baby flying squirrel, a baby fox and bear cubs. Felicia Fonseca, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Oct. 2021 Those include a baby flying squirrel, a baby fox and bear cubs. Felicia Fonseca, ajc, 23 Oct. 2021 Pterosaurs had a muscular membrane stretched between a ridiculously long ring finger and their ankles -- almost like a modern flying squirrel, Gold said. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 22 Sep. 2021 On that 30-degree morning, other traps contained a northern flying squirrel, an American red squirrel and two more voles. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of flying squirrel

1591, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flying squirrel was in 1591

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Last Updated

12 Jan 2022

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“Flying squirrel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flying%20squirrel. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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