One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of a mammal: having a fur-covered skin membrane between fore and hind limbs which enables it to make gliding leaps; specifically of or relating to the Asian genus Petaurista or subfamily Petauristinae of giant flying squirrels.
A petauristine mammal.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Century Dictionary. Probably partly from petaurist + -ine, and partly from scientific Latin Petaurista, genus name + -ine.
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