The DICT Development Group

Search for:
Search type:

Database copyright information
Server information

2 definitions found
 for Squirrel petaurus
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Flying \Fly"ing\, a. [From Fly, v. i.]
     Moving in the air with, or as with, wings; moving lightly or
     rapidly; intended for rapid movement.
     [1913 Webster]
     Flying army (Mil.) a body of cavalry and infantry, kept in
        motion, to cover its own garrisons and to keep the enemy
        in continual alarm. --Farrow. 
     Flying artillery (Mil.), artillery trained to rapid
        evolutions, -- the men being either mounted or trained to
        spring upon the guns and caissons when they change
     Flying bridge, Flying camp. See under Bridge, and
     Flying buttress (Arch.), a contrivance for taking up the
        thrust of a roof or vault which can not be supported by
        ordinary buttresses. It consists of a straight bar of
        masonry, usually sloping, carried on an arch, and a solid
        pier or buttress sufficient to receive the thrust. The
        word is generally applied only to the straight bar with
        supporting arch.
     Flying colors, flags unfurled and waving in the air; hence:
     To come off with flying colors, to be victorious; to
        succeed thoroughly in an undertaking.
     Flying doe (Zool.), a young female kangaroo.
     Flying dragon.
     (a) (Zool.) See Dragon, 6.
     (b) A meteor. See under Dragon.
     Flying Dutchman.
     (a) A fabled Dutch mariner condemned for his crimes to sail
         the seas till the day of judgment.
     (b) A spectral ship.
     Flying fish. (Zool.) See Flying fish, in the Vocabulary.
     Flying fox (Zool.), see Flying fox in the vocabulary.
     Flying frog (Zool.), either of two East Indian tree frogs
        Rhacophorus+({Rhacophorus+nigrapalmatus">of the genus Rhacophorus ({Rhacophorus nigrapalmatus
        and Rhacophorus pardalis), having very large and broadly
        webbed feet, which serve as parachutes, and enable it to
        make very long leaps.
     Flying gurnard (Zool.), a species of gurnard of the genus
        Cephalacanthus or Dactylopterus, with very large
        pectoral fins, said to be able to fly like the flying
        fish, but not for so great a distance.
     Note: Three species are known; that of the Atlantic is
           Cephalacanthus volitans.
     Flying jib (Naut.), a sail extended outside of the standing
        jib, on the flying-jib boom.
     Flying-jib boom (Naut.), an extension of the jib boom.
     Flying kites (Naut.), light sails carried only in fine
     Flying lemur. (Zool.) See Colugo.
     Flying level (Civil Engin.), a reconnoissance level over
        the course of a projected road, canal, etc.
     Flying lizard. (Zool.) See Dragon, n. 6.
     Flying machine, any apparatus for navigating through the
        air, especially a heavier-than-air machine. -- Flying
     mouse (Zool.), the opossum mouse ({Acrobates pygm[ae]us}), a
        marsupial of Australia. Called also feathertail glider.
     Note: It has lateral folds of skin, like the flying
           squirrels, and a featherlike tail. -- Flying party
        (Mil.), a body of soldiers detailed to hover about an
        enemy. -- Flying phalanger (Zool.), one of several
        species of small marsuupials of the genera Petaurus and
        Belideus, of Australia and New Guinea, having lateral
        folds like those of the flying squirrels. The sugar
        squirrel ({Belideus sciureus), and the ariel ({Belideus
        ariel), are the best known; -- called also squirrel
        petaurus and flying squirrel. See Sugar squirrel. --
     Flying pinion, the fly of a clock. -- Flying sap (Mil.),
        the rapid construction of trenches (when the enemy's fire
        of case shot precludes the method of simple trenching), by
        means of gabions placed in juxtaposition and filled with
        earth. -- Flying shot, a shot fired at a moving object,
        as a bird on the wing. -- Flying spider. (Zool.) See
        Ballooning spider. -- Flying squid (Zool.), an oceanic
        squid ({Ommastrephes Bartramii syn. Sthenoteuthis
        Bartramii), abundant in the Gulf Stream, which is able to
        leap out of the water with such force that it often falls
        on the deck of a vessel. -- Flying squirrel (Zool.) See
        Flying squirrel, in the Vocabulary. -- Flying start, a
        start in a sailing race in which the signal is given while
        the vessels are under way. -- Flying torch (Mil.), a
        torch attached to a long staff and used for signaling at
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Squirrel \Squir"rel\ (skw[~e]r"r[e^]l or skw[i^]r"-; 277), n.
     [OE. squirel, OF. esquirel, escurel, F. ['e]cureuil, LL.
     squirelus, squirolus, scuriolus, dim. of L. sciurus, Gr.
     si`oyros; skia` shade + o'yra` tail. Cf. Shine, v. i.]
     1. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of small rodents
        belonging to the genus Sciurus and several allied genera
        of the family Sciuridae. Squirrels generally have a
        bushy tail, large erect ears, and strong hind legs. They
        are commonly arboreal in their habits, but many species
        live in burrows.
        [1913 Webster]
     Note: Among the common North American squirrels are the gray
           squirrel ({Sciurus Carolinensis) and its black
           variety; the fox, or cat, squirrel ({Sciurus cinereus,
           or Sciurus niger) which is a large species, and
           variable in color, the southern variety being
           frequently black, while the northern and western
           varieties are usually gray or rusty brown; the red
           squirrel (see Chickaree); the striped, or chipping,
           squirrel (see Chipmunk); and the California gray
           squirrel ({Sciurus fossor). Several other species
           inhabit Mexico and Central America. The common European
           species ({Sciurus vulgaris) has a long tuft of hair on
           each ear. The so-called Australian squirrels are
           marsupials. See Petaurist, and Phalanger.
           [1913 Webster]
     2. One of the small rollers of a carding machine which work
        with the large cylinder.
        [1913 Webster]
     Barking squirrel (Zool.), the prairie dog.
     Federation squirrel (Zool.), the striped gopher. See
        Gopher, 2.
     Flying squirrel (Zool.). See Flying squirrel, in the
     Java squirrel. (Zool.). See Jelerang.
     Squirrel corn (Bot.), a North American herb ({Dicentra
        Canadensis) bearing little yellow tubers.
     Squirrel cup (Bot.), the blossom of the Hepatica triloba,
        a low perennial herb with cup-shaped flowers varying from
        purplish blue to pink or even white. It is one of the
        earliest flowers of spring.
     Squirrel fish. (Zool.)
        (a) A sea bass ({Serranus fascicularis) of the Southern
            United States.
        (b) The sailor's choice ({Diplodus rhomboides).
        (c) The redmouth, or grunt.
        (d) A market fish of Bermuda ({Holocentrum Ascensione).
     Squirrel grass (Bot.), a pestiferous grass ({Hordeum
        murinum) related to barley. In California the stiffly
        awned spikelets work into the wool of sheep, and into the
        throat, flesh, and eyes of animals, sometimes even
        producing death.
     Squirrel hake (Zool.), a common American hake ({Phycis
        tenuis); -- called also white hake.
     Squirrel hawk (Zool.), any rough-legged hawk; especially,
        the California species Archibuteo ferrugineus.
     Squirrel monkey. (Zool.)
        (a) Any one of several species of small, soft-haired South
            American monkeys of the genus Callithrix. They are
            noted for their graceful form and agility. See
        (b) A marmoset.
     Squirrel petaurus (Zool.), a flying phalanger of Australia.
        See Phalanger, Petaurist, and Flying phalanger under
     Squirrel shrew (Zool.), any one of several species of East
        Indian and Asiatic insectivores of the genus Tupaia.
        They are allied to the shrews, but have a bushy tail, like
        that of a squirrel.
     Squirrel-tail+grass+(Bot.),+a+grass+({Hordeum+jubatum">Squirrel-tail grass (Bot.), a grass ({Hordeum jubatum)
        found in salt marshes and along the Great Lakes, having a
        dense spike beset with long awns.
        [1913 Webster]

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229