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flying lemur

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noun
  1. either of two lemurlike mammals, Cynocephalus variegatus, of southeastern Asia and the East Indies, or C. volans, of the Philippines, having broad folds of skin on both sides of the body to aid in gliding from tree to tree: now rare.
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Origin of flying lemur

First recorded in 1880–85
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  • That the bats and the flying-lemur are descendants of the Insectivora cannot be doubted.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 6

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British Dictionary definitions for flying lemur

flying lemur

noun
  1. either of the two arboreal mammals of the genus Cynocephalus, family Cynocephalidae, and order Dermoptera, of S and SE Asia. They resemble lemurs but have a fold of skin between the limbs enabling movement by gliding leapsAlso called: colugo
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