flying lemur

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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. flying head,
  2. flying jenny,
  3. flying jib,
  4. flying jib boom,
  5. flying kite,
  6. flying lizard,
  7. flying machine,
  8. flying mare,
  9. flying moor,
  10. flying mouse

Origin of flying lemur

First recorded in 1880–85

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flying lemur

noun

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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