. s. m.
Animal qui vole. Son plus grand usage est au pluriel. Cet animal est du genre des volatiles. Parmi les volatiles . ..  Il est quelquefois adjectif des deux genres. L'espèce volatile. Les insectes volatiles.

L'Academie francaise. 1835.

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