(Fly"ing squir"rel) (Zoöl.) One of a group of squirrels, of the genera Pteromus and Sciuropterus,
having parachute-like folds of skin extending from the fore to the hind legs, which enable them to make
very long leaps.
The species of Pteromys are large, with bushy tails, and inhabit southern Asia and the East Indies; those
of Sciuropterus are smaller, with flat tails, and inhabit the northern parts of Europe, Asia, and America.
The American species (Sciuropterus volucella) is also called Assapan. The Australian flying squirrels,
or flying phalangers, are marsupials. See Flying phalanger
(Fly"man) n.; pl. Flymen The driver of a fly, or light public carriage.
(Flysch) n. [A Swiss word, fr. G. fliessen to flow, melt.] (Geol.) A name given to the series of
sandstones and schists overlying the true nummulitic formation in the Alps, and included in the Eocene
(Fly"speck) n. A speck or stain made by the excrement of a fly; hence, any insignificant dot.
(Fly"speck) v. t. To soil with flyspecks.
1. A trap for catching flies. 2. (Bot.) A plant (Dionæa muscipula), called also Venus's flytrap, the leaves
of which are fringed with stiff bristles, and fold together when certain hairs on their upper surface are
touched, thus seizing insects that light on them. The insects so caught are afterwards digested by a
secretion from the upper surface of the leaves.
(Fnese) v. i. [AS. fnsan, gefnsan.] To breathe heavily; to snort. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Fo) n. The Chinese name of Buddha.
Foal teeth (Zoöl.), the first set of teeth of a horse. In foal, With foal, being with young; pregnant;
said of a mare or she ass.
(Foal) n. [OE. fole, AS. fola; akin to OHG. folo, G. fohlen, Goth. fula, Icel. foli, Sw. fåle, Gr.
pw^los, L. pullus a young animal. Cf. Filly, Poultry, Pullet.] (Zoö.) The young of any animal of the
Horse family (Equidæ); a colt; a filly.
(Foal), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Foaled (fold); p. pr. & vb. n. Foaling.] To bring forth (a colt); said
of a mare or a she ass.
(Foal), v. i. To bring forth young, as an animal of the horse kind.
(Foal"foot`) n. (Bot.) See Coltsfoot.
Foam cock, in steam boilers, a cock at the water level, to blow off impurities.
(Foam) n. [OE. fam, fom, AS. fam; akin to OHG. & G. feim.] The white substance, consisting
of an aggregation of bubbles, which is formed on the surface of liquids, or in the mouth of an animal, by
violent agitation or fermentation; froth; spume; scum; as, the foam of the sea.
(Foam), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Foamed (fomd); p. pr. & vb. n. Foaming.] [AS. f?man. See Foam,
1. To gather foam; to froth; as, the billows foam.
He foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth.Mark ix. 18.