Definition of Dermoptera in English:

Dermoptera

Line breaks: Derm|op¦tera
Pronunciation: /dəːˈmɒptərə
 
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noun

Zoology
A small order of mammals which comprises the flying lemurs or colugos.
More 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

dermopteran

noun & adjective
More example sentences
  • Notable among these are primates, tree shrews, dermopterans, and bats.
  • The relationships of picrodontids were long a matter of uncertainty, with early workers allying these peculiar mammals with marsupials, bats, insectivorans, or dermopterans.
  • Here, we describe the isolation and characterization of a unique tRNA-derived SINE family in dermopterans (flying lemurs or colugos).

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