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flying fox

noun
1.
any large fruit bat of the genus Pteropus, of Old World tropical regions, having a foxlike head.
2.
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
1750-1760
1750-60
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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

noun
1.
any large fruit bat, esp any of the genus Pteropus of tropical Africa and Asia: family Pteropodidae
2.
(Austral & NZ) a cable mechanism used for transportation across a river, gorge, etc
3.
a cable mechanism ridden for fun at an adventure playground, etc
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Encyclopedia Article for flying fox

any of about 65 bat species found on tropical islands from Madagascar to Australia and Indonesia and mainland Asia. They are the largest bats; some attain a wingspan of 1.5 m (5 feet), with a head and body length of about 40 cm (16 inches)

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