One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A genus of large fruit-eating bats comprising most of the flying foxes; a bat of this genus, a flying fox.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Edward Griffith (1790–1858), naturalist. From scientific Latin Pteropus from Hellenistic Greek πτερόπους wing-footed from ancient Greek πτερο- + -πους.
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