colugo

[kuh-loo-goh]
noun, plural colugos.

Origin:
1885–90; < Neo-Latin, first recorded as colago (1702) and alleged to be < Bisayan

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colugo (kəˈluːɡəʊ)
 
n , pl -gos
another name for flying lemur
 
[from a native word in Malaya]

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colugo

either of the two species of primitive gliding mammals found only in Southeast Asia and on some of the Philippine Islands. Flying lemurs resemble large flying squirrels, as they are arboreal climbers and gliders that have webbed feet with claws. The form of the head and the nocturnal habit, however, recall the lemurs, hence their name. The long limbs and the tail are connected by broad folds of skin, as in bats. The limbs are outstretched when the animal leaps from high in the trees, and its controlled glide can cover 70 metres (230 feet) while losing little altitude.

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