Definition of flying fox in English:

flying fox

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noun

  • 1A large fruit bat with a foxlike face, found in Madagascar, SE Asia, and northern Australia.
    • Pteropus and two other genera, family Pteropodidae: numerous species
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    • 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.
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    • 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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