Definition of flying fox in English:

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flying fox

Pronunciation: /ˈˌflīiNG ˈfäks/


A large fruit bat with a foxlike face, found in Madagascar, Southeast Asia, and northern Australia.
  • Pteropus and two other genera, family Pteropodidae: numerous species.
Example sentences
  • The Megachiroptera includes the so-called fruitbats and flying foxes of the tropical forests of India, Africa, Asia, and Australia.
  • All flying foxes are fruit bats, but not all fruit bats are flying foxes.
  • The Megachiroptera, or fruitbats and flying foxes, navigate largely by sight and have large, forward-facing eyes that can see in very dim light, as you can see on the skeleton of a fruitbat pictured above.

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Syllabification: fly·ing fox

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