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Definition: flying squirrel
n : nocturnal phalangers that move with gliding leaps using
parachute-like folds of skin along the sides of the body
[syn: flying phalanger
, flying opossum
English → English
Definition: Flying squirrel
, a. [From Fly
, v. i.]
Moving in the air with, or as with, wings; moving lightly or
rapidly; intended for rapid movement.
(Mil.) a body of cavalry and infantry, kept in
motion, to cover its own garrisons and to keep the enemy
in continual alarm. --Farrow.
(Mil.), artillery trained to rapid
evolutions, -- the men being either mounted or trained to
spring upon the guns and caissons when they change
, Flying camp
. See under Bridge
(Arch.), a contrivance for taking up the
thrust of a roof or vault which can not be supported by
ordinary buttresses. It consists of a straight bar of
masonry, usually sloping, carried on an arch, and a solid
pier or buttress sufficient to receive the thrust. The
word is generally applied only to the straight bar with
, flags unfurled and waving in the air; hence:
To come off with flying colors
, to be victorious; to
succeed thoroughly in an undertaking.
(Zo["o]l.), a young female kangaroo.
(a) (Zo["o]l.) See Dragon
(b) A meteor. See under Dragon
(a) A fabled Dutch mariner condemned for his crimes to sail
the seas till the day of judgment.
(b) A spectral ship.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Flying fish
, in the
(Zo["o]l.), see Flying fox
in the vocabulary.
(Zo["o]l.), either of two East Indian tree
frogs of the genus Rhacophorus
and Rhacophorus pardalis
), having very
large and broadly webbed feet, which serve as parachutes,
and enable it to make very long leaps.
(Zo["o]l.), a species of gurnard of the
, with very large
pectoral fins, said to be able to fly like the flying
fish, but not for so great a distance.
Note: Three species are known; that of the Atlantic is
(Naut.), a sail extended outside of the standing
jib, on the flying-jib boom.
(Naut.), an extension of the jib boom.
(Naut.), light sails carried only in fine
. (Zo["o]l.) See Colugo
(Civil Engin.), a reconnoissance level over
the course of a projected road, canal, etc.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Dragon
, n. 6.
, any apparatus for navigating through the
air, especially a heavier-than-air machine. -- Flying mouse
(Zo["o]l.), the opossum mouse (Acrobates pygm[ae]us
), a marsupial of Australia. Called also
Note: It has lateral folds of skin, like the flying
squirrels, and a featherlike tail. -- Flying party
(Mil.), a body of soldiers detailed to hover about an
enemy. -- Flying phalanger
(Zo["o]l.), one of several
species of small marsuupials of the genera Petaurus
, of Australia and New Guinea, having lateral
folds like those of the flying squirrels. The sugar
squirrel (Belideus sciureus
), and the ariel (Belideus ariel
), are the best known; -- called also squirrel petaurus
and flying squirrel
. See Sugar squirrel
, the fly of a clock. -- Flying sap
the rapid construction of trenches (when the enemy's fire
of case shot precludes the method of simple trenching), by
means of gabions placed in juxtaposition and filled with
earth. -- Flying shot
, a shot fired at a moving object,
as a bird on the wing. -- Flying spider
. (Zo["o]l.) See
. -- Flying squid
oceanic squid (Ommastrephes Bartramii
), abundant in the Gulf Stream,
which is able to leap out of the water with such force
that it often falls on the deck of a vessel. -- Flying squirrel
(Zo["o]l.) See Flying squirrel
, in the
Vocabulary. -- Flying start
, a start in a sailing race
in which the signal is given while the vessels are under
way. -- Flying torch
(Mil.), a torch attached to a long
staff and used for signaling at night.
Flying squirrel \Fly“ing squir”rel\
(? or ?). (Zo["o]l.)
One of a group of squirrels, of the genus Glaucomys
especially Glaucomys volans
and Glaucomys sabrinus
having parachute-like folds of skin extending from the fore
to the hind legs, which enable them to make very long,
[1913 Webster +PJC]
Note: The species of Pteromys are large, with bushy tails,
and inhabit southern Asia and the East Indies; those of
Sciuropterus are smaller, with flat tails, and inhabit
the northern parts of Europe, Asia, and America. The
American species (Sciuropterus volucella)
called Assapan. The Australian flying squirrels, or
flying phalangers, are marsupials. See Flying phalanger
(skw[~e]r"r[e^]l or skw[i^]r"-; 277), n.
[OE. squirel, OF. esquirel, escurel, F. ['e]cureuil, LL.
squirelus, squirolus, scuriolus, dim. of L. sciurus, Gr.
si`oyros; skia` shade + o'yra` tail. Cf. Shine
, v. i.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small rodents
belonging to the genus Sciurus
and several allied genera
of the family Sciurid[ae]
. Squirrels generally have a
bushy tail, large erect ears, and strong hind legs. They
are commonly arboreal in their habits, but many species
live in burrows.
Note: Among the common North American squirrels are the gray
squirrel (Sciurus Carolinensis
) and its black
variety; the fox, or cat, squirrel (Sciurus cinereus
or Sciurus niger
) which is a large species, and
variable in color, the southern variety being
frequently black, while the northern and western
varieties are usually gray or rusty brown; the red
squirrel (see Chickaree
); the striped, or chipping,
squirrel (see Chipmunk
); and the California gray
squirrel (Sciurus fossor
). Several other species
inhabit Mexico and Central America. The common European
species (Sciurus vulgaris
) has a long tuft of hair on
each ear. The so-called Australian squirrels are
marsupials. See Petaurist
, and Phalanger
2. One of the small rollers of a carding machine which work
with the large cylinder.
(Zo["o]l.), the prairie dog.
(Zo["o]l.), the striped gopher. See
(Zo["o]l.). See Flying squirrel
, in the
. (Zo["o]l.). See Jelerang
(Bot.), a North American herb (Dicentra Canadensis
) bearing little yellow tubers.
(Bot.), the blossom of the Hepatica triloba
a low perennial herb with cup-shaped flowers varying from
purplish blue to pink or even white. It is one of the
earliest flowers of spring.
(a) A sea bass (Serranus fascicularis
) of the Southern
(b) The sailor's choice (Diplodus rhomboides
(c) The redmouth, or grunt.
(d) A market fish of Bermuda (Holocentrum Ascensione
(Bot.), a pestiferous grass (Hordeum murinum
) related to barley. In California the stiffly
awned spikelets work into the wool of sheep, and into the
throat, flesh, and eyes of animals, sometimes even
(Zo["o]l.), a common American hake (Phycis tenuis
); -- called also white hake
(Zo["o]l.), any rough-legged hawk;
especially, the California species Archibuteo ferrugineus
(a) Any one of several species of small, soft-haired South
American monkeys of the genus Callithrix
. They are
noted for their graceful form and agility. See
(b) A marmoset.
(Zo["o]l.), a flying phalanger of
Australia. See Phalanger
, and Flying phalanger
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
East Indian and Asiatic insectivores of the genus
. They are allied to the shrews, but have a bushy
tail, like that of a squirrel.
(Bot.), a grass (Hordeum jubatum
found in salt marshes and along the Great Lakes, having a
dense spike beset with long awns.