from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several small marsupials of the family Petauridae, especially one of the genus Petaurus, native to Australia, New Guinea, and Tasmania and having large folds of skin between the forelegs and hind legs that enable it to glide through the air.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. one of several species of small marsuupials of the genera Petaurus and Belideus, of Australia and New Guinea, having lateral folds like those of the flying squirrels. The sugar squirrel (Belideus sciureus), and the ariel (Belideus ariel), are the best known; -- called also squirrel petaurus and flying squirrel. See Sugar squirrel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A general popular name of the petaurists or flying marsupial animals of the family Phalangistidæ, having a parachute-like fold of skin along the sides by which they are enabled to take flying leaps through the air.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. nocturnal phalangers that move with gliding leaps using parachute-like folds of skin along the sides of the body
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