Definition of Dermoptera in English:

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Dermoptera

Pronunciation: /dəːˈmɒptərə/

plural noun

Zoology
A small order of mammals which 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.

Derivatives

dermopteran

Pronunciation: /dəˈmɒptər(ə)n/
noun& adjective
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).

Origin

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

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