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flying fox

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noun
  1. any large fruit bat of the genus Pteropus, of Old World tropical regions, having a foxlike head.
  2. Australian. an aerial conveyor belt or suspended carrier operating on cables, often used to convey ore, dirt, or the like, over rivers and gorges in mining or construction operations.

Origin of flying fox

First recorded in 1750–60
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Examples from the Web for flying fox

Historical Examples

  • The Frau, when she saw it, declared that it was a flying-fox.

    In the Eastern Seas

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • To raise the packages from the floe to the top of the ice-shelf, a "flying-fox" was rigged.

  • Neither the flying-fox, nor any other bat that I know of in Ceylon, ever hybernates.

  • The shadow of a flying-fox drifted by in velvet silence overhead.

    Adventure

    Jack London

  • The inclusion of the bat here amongst birds, may be a clerical accident, since on f. 136 a flying-fox is not written of as a bird.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan


British Dictionary definitions for flying fox

flying fox

noun
  1. any large fruit bat, esp any of the genus Pteropus of tropical Africa and Asia: family Pteropodidae
  2. Australian and NZ a cable mechanism used for transportation across a river, gorge, etc
  3. a cable mechanism ridden for fun at an adventure playground, etc
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