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

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In the far north, where there currently is no night, nocturnal animals like flying squirrels and owls need to go about their business in daylight. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "During long summer days in Alaska, Boreal owls perform by daylight," 30 June 2018 There is evidence that some of the creatures could glide like flying squirrels and others could swim. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "Big Discovery in a Tiny Mammal-Like Skull Found Under a Dinosaur’s Foot," 23 May 2018 Before the chicks are born, the male is the primary caregiver, sitting and warming the eggs and fending off any stray snakes or flying squirrels that make their way up the spindly pine. Marialuisa Rincon, Houston Chronicle, "Officials at W.G. Jones State Forest look toward future," 8 June 2018 Carson, the oldest of eight children, already had a dog, two flying squirrels and four other guinea pigs, all female. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Kansas teen gave away her guinea pigs, and a man shot, skinned and ate them, she says | The Kansas City Star," 25 May 2018 The serial followed in the tradition of his series about O-man (a heroic President Barack Obama) and Cap’n Bushy (a flying squirrel modeled after President George H.W. Bush). Harrison Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Robert Grossman; designed famed ‘Airplane!’ poster," 21 Mar. 2018 The serial followed in the tradition of his series about O-man (a heroic President Barack Obama) and Cap’n Bushy (a flying squirrel modeled after President George H.W. Bush). Harrison Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Robert Grossman; designed famed ‘Airplane!’ poster," 21 Mar. 2018 Roth brought along a flying squirrel that ran around inside his shirt, while the kids squealed just thinking about the feel of it. Kitty Leshay, Courant Community, "Exotic Animals Descend On Library," 2 May 2018 The serial followed in the tradition of his series about O-man (a heroic President Barack Obama) and Cap’n Bushy (a flying squirrel modeled after President George H.W. Bush). Harrison Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Robert Grossman; designed famed ‘Airplane!’ poster," 21 Mar. 2018

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