Definition of flying squirrel in US English:

flying squirrel

noun

  • A small squirrel that has skin joining the fore and hind limbs for gliding from tree to tree.

    Subfamily Pteromyinae, family Sciuridae (many species in Southeast Asia, northern Eurasia, and North America) and family Anomaluridae (several species in Africa). The two common North American species are the northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus) and the southern flying squirrel (G. volans)

    • ‘An artist's impression illustrates feathered wings, which researchers believe the dinosaur used to glide from tree to tree, much like flying squirrels do today.’
    • ‘There are three basic body forms in squirrels: tree squirrels, ground squirrels and flying squirrels.’
    • ‘Besides working on lorises, she has studied ruffed lemurs, flying squirrels, opossums, civets, and several species of bats.’
    • ‘Everything from saber-toothed carnivores and wolves to flying squirrels and anteaters were produced independently.’
    • ‘Capture success (percentage of traps containing squirrels) across the study was highly seasonal for both flying squirrels and red squirrels.’

Pronunciation

flying squirrel

/flaɪɪŋ ˈskwər(ə)l/