sugar glider

noun

Definition of sugar glider

: a small, primarily nocturnal, arboreal, marsupial possum (Petaurus breviceps of the family Petauridae) of Australia, New Guinea, and the Moluccas that has soft, silvery gray to brown fur and a bushy often white-tipped tail, that typically feeds on sap, nectar, and insects, and that is sometimes kept as a pet

Note: The sugar glider has a fold of skin extending from the front to rear foot enabling it to make long, gliding leaps.

But while all these saps and juices are a good source of energy-rich sugars, they need to be supplemented by protein, especially at breeding time. So in spring and early summer, the sugar gliders switch their attention to insects.— John Vandenbeld Sugar gliders can make good pets. … They are naturally inquisitive and will chew and swallow many things, so it is not recommended to provide toys.— Alison Riley

First Known Use of sugar glider

1935, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sugar glider

Time Traveler for sugar glider

Time Traveler

The first known use of sugar glider was in 1935

See more words from the same year

Statistics for sugar glider

Cite this Entry

“Sugar glider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sugar%20glider. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

Comments on sugar glider

What made you want to look up sugar glider? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Thing: Animal Edition

  • alt 5a023732e6f75
  • Name that animal:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!