Definitions

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  • n. Any flying marsupial of the genera Petaurus, Phalangista, Acrobata, and allied genera.

Etymologies

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Latin petaurista a ropedancer, acrobat, from Ancient Greek πετευριστής (peteuristēs), from πετευρίζομαι (peteurizomai, "dance on a rope"), from πέτευρον (peteuron, "a pole, a stage for ropedancers")

Examples

  • In the first ages this exercise was esteemed a religious rite, and performed by people of the temple where it was exhibited: but, in aftertimes, the same feats were imitated by rope-dancers and vagrants, called Petauristæ, and Petauristarii; who made use of a kind of pole, styled petaurum.

    A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I.

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