Definition of flying fox in US English:

flying fox


  • A large fruit bat with a foxlike face, found in Madagascar, Southeast Asia, and northern Australia.

    Pteropus and two other genera, family Pteropodidae: numerous species

    • ‘All flying foxes are fruit bats, but not all fruit bats are flying foxes.’
    • ‘The Megachiroptera, or fruitbats and flying foxes, navigate largely by sight and have large, forward-facing eyes that can see in very dim light, as you can see on the skeleton of a fruitbat pictured above.’
    • ‘A few years later, he decided to become a full-time nature photographer; his subjects have included orangutans in Borneo, capybaras in Brazil, and flying foxes in Australia.’
    • ‘Megabats, commonly known in Australia as flying foxes, weigh in at two pounds (one kilogram) and can have wingspans of up to six feet (two meters).’
    • ‘The Megachiroptera includes the so-called fruitbats and flying foxes of the tropical forests of India, Africa, Asia, and Australia.’


flying fox

/ˈˌflīiNG ˈfäks//ˈˌflaɪɪŋ ˈfɑks/