- any of various nocturnal tree squirrels, as Glaucomys volans, of the eastern U.S., having folds of skin connecting the fore and hind legs, permitting long, gliding leaps.
Origin of flying squirrel
First recorded in 1605–15
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Examples from the Web for flying squirrel
But the flying-squirrel is less nimble on his feet than the red or the gray.
What was it you shot this time, Alec—a pole-cat or a flying-squirrel?Told In The Hills
Marah Ellis Ryan
Indeed, the flying-squirrel has little or no advantage over him, and in speed and nimbleness cannot compare with him at all.
All but paralyzed by exhaustion and by the utter extremity of his fear, the flying-squirrel stopped racing with his wheel.
Till near the first gray of dawn not a flying-squirrel had dared approach its neighborhood.
- any nocturnal sciurine rodent of the subfamily Petauristinae, of Asia and North America. Furry folds of skin between the forelegs and hind legs enable these animals to move by gliding leaps