Flying lemur

Flying lemur
Flying Fly"ing, a. [From {Fly}, v. i.] Moving in the air with, or as with, wings; moving lightly or rapidly; intended for rapid movement. [1913 Webster]

{Flying army} (Mil.) a body of cavalry and infantry, kept in motion, to cover its own garrisons and to keep the enemy in continual alarm. --Farrow.

{Flying artillery} (Mil.), artillery trained to rapid evolutions, -- the men being either mounted or trained to spring upon the guns and caissons when they change position.

{Flying bridge}, {Flying camp}. See under {Bridge}, and {Camp}.

{Flying buttress} (Arch.), a contrivance for taking up the thrust of a roof or vault which can not be supported by ordinary buttresses. It consists of a straight bar of masonry, usually sloping, carried on an arch, and a solid pier or buttress sufficient to receive the thrust. The word is generally applied only to the straight bar with supporting arch.

{Flying colors}, flags unfurled and waving in the air; hence:

{To come off with flying colors}, to be victorious; to succeed thoroughly in an undertaking.

{Flying doe} (Zo["o]l.), a young female kangaroo.

{Flying dragon}. (a) (Zo["o]l.) See {Dragon}, 6. (b) A meteor. See under {Dragon}.

{Flying Dutchman}. (a) A fabled Dutch mariner condemned for his crimes to sail the seas till the day of judgment. (b) A spectral ship.

{Flying fish}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Flying fish}, in the Vocabulary.

{Flying fox} (Zo["o]l.), see {Flying fox} in the vocabulary.

{Flying frog} (Zo["o]l.), either of two East Indian tree frogs of the genus {Rhacophorus} ({Rhacophorus nigrapalmatus} and {Rhacophorus pardalis}), having very large and broadly webbed feet, which serve as parachutes, and enable it to make very long leaps.

{Flying gurnard} (Zo["o]l.), a species of gurnard of the genus {Cephalacanthus} or {Dactylopterus}, with very large pectoral fins, said to be able to fly like the flying fish, but not for so great a distance.

Note: Three species are known; that of the Atlantic is {Cephalacanthus volitans}.

{Flying jib} (Naut.), a sail extended outside of the standing jib, on the flying-jib boom.

{Flying-jib boom} (Naut.), an extension of the jib boom.

{Flying kites} (Naut.), light sails carried only in fine weather.

{Flying lemur}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Colugo}.

{Flying level} (Civil Engin.), a reconnoissance level over the course of a projected road, canal, etc.

{Flying lizard}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Dragon}, n. 6.

{Flying machine}, any apparatus for navigating through the air, especially a heavier-than-air machine. -- {Flying mouse} (Zo["o]l.), the opossum mouse ({Acrobates pygm[ae]us}), a marsupial of Australia. Called also {feathertail glider}.

Note: It has lateral folds of skin, like the flying squirrels, and a featherlike tail. -- {Flying party} (Mil.), a body of soldiers detailed to hover about an enemy. -- {Flying phalanger} (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of small marsuupials of the genera {Petaurus} and {Belideus}, of Australia and New Guinea, having lateral folds like those of the flying squirrels. The sugar squirrel ({Belideus sciureus}), and the ariel ({Belideus ariel}), are the best known; -- called also {squirrel petaurus} and {flying squirrel}. See {Sugar squirrel}. -- {Flying pinion}, the fly of a clock. -- {Flying sap} (Mil.), the rapid construction of trenches (when the enemy's fire of case shot precludes the method of simple trenching), by means of gabions placed in juxtaposition and filled with earth. -- {Flying shot}, a shot fired at a moving object, as a bird on the wing. -- {Flying spider}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Ballooning spider}. -- {Flying squid} (Zo["o]l.), an oceanic squid ({Ommastrephes Bartramii} syn. {Sthenoteuthis Bartramii}), abundant in the Gulf Stream, which is able to leap out of the water with such force that it often falls on the deck of a vessel. -- {Flying squirrel} (Zo["o]l.) See {Flying squirrel}, in the Vocabulary. -- {Flying start}, a start in a sailing race in which the signal is given while the vessels are under way. -- {Flying torch} (Mil.), a torch attached to a long staff and used for signaling at night. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Flying lemur — Fly ing le mur (Zo[ o]l.) either of two nocturnal lemurlike mammals inhabiting the East Indies ({Cynocephalus variegatus}) or the Phillipines ({Cynocephalus volans}) having broad folds of skin between the fore and hind limbs on both sides of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flying lemur — n. any of an order (Dermoptera) of tree dwelling mammals of SE Asia, having a broad fold of skin on each side of the body between the forelimbs and the tail, that enables it to make long, gliding leaps …   English World dictionary

  • flying lemur — malajinis kaguanas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Cynocephalus variegatus angl. flying lemur; Malayan flying lemur vok. Temminck Gleitflieger rus. малайский шерстокрыл ryšiai: platesnis terminas –… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • flying lemur — Colugo Co*lu go, n. [Prob. an aboriginal name.] (Zo[ o]l.) A peculiar East Indian mammal ({Galleopithecus volans}), having along the sides, connecting the fore and hind limbs, a parachutelike membrane, by means of which it is able to make long… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flying lemur — either of two lemurlike mammals, Cynocephalus variegatus, of southeastern Asia and the East Indies, or C. volans, of the Philippines, having broad folds of skin on both sides of the body to aid in gliding from tree to tree: now rare. [1880 85] *… …   Universalium

  • flying lemur — noun arboreal nocturnal mammal of southeast Asia and the Philippines resembling a lemur and having a fold of skin on each side from neck to tail that is used for long gliding leaps • Syn: ↑flying cat, ↑colugo • Hypernyms: ↑placental, ↑placental… …   Useful english dictionary

  • flying lemur — noun a nocturnal lemur like mammal with a membrane between the fore and hindlimbs for gliding from tree to tree. [Genus Cynocephalus: two species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • flying lemur — /flaɪɪŋ ˈlimə/ (say fluying leemuh) noun either of two South East Asian mammals of the genus Cynocephalus, order Dermoptera, superficially lemur like but having a broad fold of skin on each side of the body to act as a wing in gliding from tree… …   Australian English dictionary

  • flying lemur — noun Date: 1883 either of two East Indian or Philippine arboreal nocturnal mammals (Cynocephalus volans and C. variegatus) that are about the size of a cat, that make long gliding leaps using a broad fold of skin on each side attached to and… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • flying lemur — noun the colugo …   Wiktionary

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