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flying fox

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Definition of flying fox in English:

noun

1A large fruit bat with a foxlike face, found in Madagascar, SE Asia, and northern Australia.
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.
2Australian /NZ An overhead cable and apparatus for transporting materials over difficult terrain.
Example sentences
  • For two years during the war no wool had been taken out so the Rehabilitation Board organised a flying fox which was used to transport wool and people.
  • She remembers travelling across the river on the flying fox set up by the bridge workers to transport people and materials across the water.
  • We had a wire cable across the river with a flying fox on it.

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