Definition of Dermoptera in US English:


plural noun

  • A small order of mammals which comprises the flying lemurs or colugos.

    • ‘Euarchontoglires is composed of the orders Primates, Rodentia, Lagomorpha (rabbits, hares, and pikas), Scandentia (tree shrews), and Dermoptera (flying lemurs).’
    • ‘Bats are thought to be related most closely to the Dermoptera, a small order of mammals (two species) which includes the colugos or ‘flying lemurs’ of the Phillippines.’
    • ‘The single species of Dermoptera was included with the Primates.’
    • ‘The interrelationships of Primates, Scandentia, and Dermoptera are not resolved by our data.’
    • ‘The order Dermoptera contains a single family, the Cynocephalidae, which is made up of a single genus with two species.’


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek derma ‘skin’ + pteron ‘wing’.