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flying squirrel

n.
Any of various nocturnal squirrels of the tribe Pteromyini, having membranes along each side of the body between the forelegs and hind legs that are used for gliding between trees.
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flying squirrel

n
(Animals) 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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fly′ing squir′rel


n.
any of various nocturnal tree squirrels having extensible folds of skin along the body that permit long leaps.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flying squirrel - nocturnal phalangers that move with gliding leaps using parachute-like folds of skin along the sides of the bodyflying squirrel - nocturnal phalangers that move with gliding leaps using parachute-like folds of skin along the sides of the body
opossum, phalanger, possum - small furry Australian arboreal marsupials having long usually prehensile tails
genus Petaurus, Petaurus - a genus of Phalangeridae
flying mouse - tiny flying phalanger
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References in classic literature ?
Richardson has remarked, with the posterior part of their bodies rather wide and with the skin on their flanks rather full, to the so-called flying squirrels; and flying squirrels have their limbs and even the base of the tail united by a broad expanse of skin, which serves as a parachute and allows them to glide through the air to an astonishing distance from tree to tree.
From tree to tree the agile creatures sprang like flying squirrels, while the cold sweat stood upon my brow as I glimpsed the depths beneath, into which a single misstep on the part of either of my bearers would hurl me.
[USA], July 20 (ANI): Third species of the most mysterious and rarest amongst all flying squirrels has been discovered in Yunnan Province of China.
Red-headed woodpeckers and flying squirrels depend on oaks' large cavities to raise their young.
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Later that evening, I join another tour organised by Picchio, this time watching flying squirrels, known as musasabi, make sunset glides from their nests.
Despite their name, flying squirrels don't really fly.
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Northern flying squirrels, mice, birds, chipmunks, spotted skunks, short-tailed weasels, Douglas squirrel, snowshoe hare.
Instead, they glided far overhead, avoiding predatory dinosaurs on the ground " essentially flying squirrels of the Jurassic Period, from an extinct branch of mammals that probably still laid eggs.
Southern flying squirrels have also switched up their genetic codes by hybridizing with the northern flying squirrel.