Meaning of kalong in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɑːlɒŋ/


  • A flying fox found in SE Asia and Indonesia.

    Genus Pteropus, family Pteropodidae, in particular the large flying fox (P. vampyrus)

    ‘It is said that when a man dies, the god Kala comes flying down at night on a kalong to take the man's soul and disappears with it.’
    • ‘While eating a large fruit picked from a tree, the kalong takes up a position which, although certainly very comfortable, appears to us as very clumsy.’


Early 19th century from Javanese.