Definition of Flying opossum
1. Noun. Nocturnal phalangers that move with gliding leaps using parachute-like folds of skin along the sides of the body.
Generic synonyms: Opossum, Phalanger, Possum
Group relationships: Genus Petaurus, Petaurus
Specialized synonyms: Flying Mouse
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Flying Opossum
Literary usage of Flying opossum
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1. The Cyclopædia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia: Commercial by Edward Balfour (1885)
"In Ceram, the ring- tailed opossum, the native cat, the flying opossum, ... The only marsupial that has yet been traced in Celebes is the flying opossum. ..."
2. The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb by Maurice Henry Hewlett, Laurence Binyon, Edward James Hewlett, William Randolph Hearst, Jonathan Swift, Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb, Edward Verrall Lucas, Frederick Madison Smith, Mariano Tomás (1905)
"The flying opossum (shortened to Pi-pos) was a name for little Derwent Coleridge, ... It arose from his inability to pronounce the words " flying opossum ..."