- any large fruit bat of the genus Pteropus, of Old World tropical regions, having a foxlike head.
- 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
Examples from the Web for flying fox
Historical Examples of flying fox
The Frau, when she saw it, declared that it was a flying-fox.In the Eastern Seas
To raise the packages from the floe to the top of the ice-shelf, a "flying-fox" was rigged.The Home of the Blizzard
Neither the flying-fox, nor any other bat that I know of in Ceylon, ever hybernates.Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon
J. Emerson Tennent
The shadow of a flying-fox drifted by in velvet silence overhead.Adventure
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
- any large fruit bat, esp any of the genus Pteropus of tropical Africa and Asia: family Pteropodidae
- Australian and NZ a cable mechanism used for transportation across a river, gorge, etc
- a cable mechanism ridden for fun at an adventure playground, etc