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flying squirrel

any of various nocturnal tree squirrels, as Glaucomys volans, of the eastern U.S., having folds of skin connecting the fore and hind legs, permitting long, gliding leaps.
Origin of flying squirrel
1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The flying-squirrel builds its nest in decayed holes in old trees.

  • But the flying-squirrel is less nimble on his feet than the red or the gray.

    Neighbors Unknown Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Till near the first gray of dawn not a flying-squirrel had dared approach its neighborhood.

    Neighbors Unknown Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Indeed, the flying-squirrel has little or no advantage over him, and in speed and nimbleness cannot compare with him at all.

  • All but paralyzed by exhaustion and by the utter extremity of his fear, the flying-squirrel stopped racing with his wheel.

    Neighbors Unknown Charles G. D. Roberts
  • The boy had no means of knowing whether the flying-squirrel was like his red cousin or not in the matter of a taste for meat.

    Neighbors Unknown Charles G. D. Roberts
  • What was it you shot this time, Alec—a pole-cat or a flying-squirrel?

    Told In The Hills Marah Ellis Ryan
British Dictionary definitions for flying-squirrel

flying squirrel

any nocturnal sciurine rodent of the subfamily Petauristinae, of Asia and North America. Furry folds of skin between the forelegs and hind legs enable these animals to move by gliding leaps
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