from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Any of various mammals of the order Dermoptera of Southeast Asia that are sustained in gliding leaps by a wide, fur-covered membrane extending from each side of the body. They are not closely related to true lemurs.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A mammal of the order Insectivora and family Galeopithecidæ, provided with an extension of the skin like a parachute, by means of which it makes flying leaps from tree to tree.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- (Zoöl.) either of two nocturnal lemurlike mammals inhabiting the East Indies (
Cynocephalus variegatus) or the Phillipines ( Cynocephalus volans) having broad folds of skin between the fore and hind limbs on both sides of the body allowing them to make long gliding leaps; they have been classed in the separate order Dermoptera. They are arboreal and have become rare.
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from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun arboreal nocturnal mammal of southeast Asia and the Philippines resembling a lemur and having a fold of skin on each side from neck to tail that is used for long gliding leaps
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