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colugo

[kuh-loo-goh] /kəˈlu goʊ/
noun, plural colugos.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < Neo-Latin, first recorded as colago (1702) and alleged to be < Bisayan
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Examples from the web for colugos
  • colugos are arboreal gliding mammals found in southeast asia.
  • colugos are shy, nocturnal, and restricted to the tropical rainforests of southeast asia.
British Dictionary definitions for colugos

colugo

/kəˈluːɡəʊ/
noun (pl) -gos
1.
another name for flying lemur
Word Origin
from a native word in Malaya
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Encyclopedia Article for colugos

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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