Definition of kalong in English:


Line breaks: ka¦long
Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːlɒŋ


  • A flying fox found in SE Asia and Indonesia.
    • Genus Pteropus, family Pteropodidae, in particular the large flying fox (P. vampyrus)
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    • It is said that when a man dies, the god Kala comes flying down at night on a kalong to take the man's soul and disappears with it.
    • While eating a large fruit picked from a tree, the kalong takes up a position which, although certainly very comfortable, appears to us as very clumsy.


early 19th century: from Javanese.

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