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flying fox

any large fruit bat of the genus Pteropus, of Old World tropical regions, having a foxlike head.
Australian. an aerial conveyor belt or suspended carrier operating on cables, often used to convey ore, dirt, or the like, over rivers and gorges in mining or construction operations.
Origin of flying fox
1750-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for flying fox
  • Caregivers routinely adopt flying fox orphans and find them delightfully smart.
  • Among the fauna visitors can see are tropical birds and the endangered flying fox-a fruit bat with the wingspan of a barn owl.
  • Watch a flying fox gorge itself on a midnight snack of figs.
British Dictionary definitions for flying fox

flying fox

any large fruit bat, esp any of the genus Pteropus of tropical Africa and Asia: family Pteropodidae
(Austral & NZ) a cable mechanism used for transportation across a river, gorge, etc
a cable mechanism ridden for fun at an adventure playground, etc
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