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Dermoptera Syllabification: Der·mop·ter·a
Pronunciation: /dərˈmäptərə/

Definition of Dermoptera in English:

A small order of mammals that comprises the flying lemurs or colugos.
Example sentences
  • Euarchontoglires is composed of the orders Primates, Rodentia, Lagomorpha (rabbits, hares, and pikas), Scandentia (tree shrews), and Dermoptera (flying lemurs).
  • Bats are thought to be related most closely to the Dermoptera, a small order of mammals (two species) which includes the colugos or ‘flying lemurs’ of the Phillippines.
  • The order Dermoptera contains a single family, the Cynocephalidae, which is made up of a single genus with two species.


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek derma 'skin' + pteron 'wing'.

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