A flying fox found in Southeast 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.
Are You Learning English? Here Are Our Top English Tips