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flying lemur

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.


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 leaps Also calledcolugo


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Word History and Origins

Origin of flying lemur1

First recorded in 1880–85

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Example Sentences

Galeopithecus “or the flying Lemur” is mentioned in the corresponding discussion in the Origin, Ed.

Mr Hooker at once recognised it as a flying lemur, the learned name for which is Galeo-pithecus.

Now look at the Galeopithecus or flying lemur, which formerly was falsely ranked amongst bats.

That the bats and the flying-lemur are descendants of the Insectivora cannot be doubted.

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