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 There was also a range of smaller and larger species, including a woolly rhinoceros, flying squirrels, and porcupines. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 3 July 2024 The nonprofit has named the female flying squirrel Fiona. Helena Wegner, Sacramento Bee, 21 Feb. 2024 While dinosaurs walked the earth, early mammalia forms evolved that resembled badgers, flying squirrels, anteaters, and beavers. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 1 Nov. 2023 In the Americas, the northern flying squirrel dines on insects, seeds, nuts, and fungi while the southern flying squirrel will sometimes eat eggs or carrion. National Geographic, 21 Aug. 2020 Other mammals that are protected species like badger, jackrabbit, moose and flying squirrel are prohibited from hunting. Drew Dawson, Journal Sentinel, 16 Sep. 2017 The changes provided a foundation for later adaptations to feed on plants and larger animals; over time these pioneers became the Mesozoic equivalents of otters, raccoons, flying squirrels and aardvarks. Riley Black, Scientific American, 28 June 2023 Almost half of flying squirrel species, such as the southern flying squirrel in North and Central America and the Javanese flying squirrel of Southeast Asia, have stable populations. National Geographic, 21 Aug. 2020 Wintertime in a remote Montana forest heralds the arrival of mating season for the flying squirrel—and one of nature's most spectacular air shows. Discover Magazine, 28 Dec. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flying squirrel was in 1591

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“Flying squirrel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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flying squirrel

: a squirrel with folds of skin connecting the forelegs and hind legs that enable it to make long gliding leaps

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