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.

Exact synonyms: Flying Phalanger, Flying Squirrel
Generic synonyms: Opossum, Phalanger, Possum
Group relationships: Genus Petaurus, Petaurus
Specialized synonyms: Flying Mouse

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Flying Opossum

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flying jibs
flying kiss
flying kisses
flying lemur
flying lemurs
flying lizard
flying machine
flying mare
flying marmot
flying meet
flying meets
flying mice
flying monkeys
flying mouse
flying opossum (current term)
flying phalanger
flying purple people eater
flying purple people eaters
flying rat
flying rats
flying reptile
flying robin
flying saucer
flying saucers
flying school
flying sport
flying sports
flying spot microscope
flying squad

Literary usage of Flying opossum

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

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 ..."

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