flying foxflying fox
any of a genus (Pteropus, family Pteropodidae) of fruit bats with a foxlike head, living in Africa, Australia, and S Asia
Any of various fruit bats chiefly of the genus Pteropus, having a foxlike muzzle and small, pointed ears.
(plural flying foxes)
- A large Australasian bat, of the genera Pteropus or Acerodon in the family Pteropodidae, having a fox-like face.
- Any bat of the family Pteropodidae (see Usage notes).
- The cyprinid fish Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus.
- A device consisting of a chair suspended on a pulley, and running along a length of cable, used for transporting across ravines etc.
- According to some sources, "flying fox" may be used to refer to the whole family, whereas others use the common terms "fruit bat" or "megabat" to refer to the family. In other languages the corresponding terms may have different coverages, see e.g. German and Finnish in the translation table.
- There is great variation in size; the Malay "flying-fox" (Pteropus edulis) measures about a foot in the head and body, and has a wing-spread of 5 ft.; while in the smaller forms the head and body may be only about 2 in., and the wing-spread no more than a foot.