vampire bat

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vampire bat

n.
1. Any of several bats of the subfamily Desmodontinae, found in subtropical and tropical regions of the Americas, that bite mammals and birds to feed on their blood and that often carry diseases such as rabies.
2. Any of various other bats, as those of the family Megadermatidae, erroneously believed to feed on blood.

vampire bat

n
(Animals) any bat, esp Desmodus rotundus, of the family Desmodontidae of tropical regions of Central and South America, having sharp incisor and canine teeth and feeding on the blood of birds and mammals. Compare false vampire

vam′pire bat`


n.
1. any small New World tropical bat of the family Desmodontidae, having specialized front teeth for cutting into the skin and drawing blood from resting animals.
2. any of several other bats, esp. those of the family Megadermatidae, erroneously believed to feed on blood.
[1780–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vampire bat - any of various tropical American bats of the family Desmodontidae that bite mammals and birds to feed on their bloodvampire bat - any of various tropical American bats of the family Desmodontidae that bite mammals and birds to feed on their blood
carnivorous bat, microbat - typically having large ears and feeding primarily on insects; worldwide in distribution
Desmodontidae, family Desmodontidae - true vampire bats
Desmodus rotundus - mouse-sized bat of tropical Central America and South America having sharp incisor and canine teeth; feeds on the blood of birds and mammals
Diphylla ecaudata, hairy-legged vampire bat - similar in size and habits to Desmodus rotundus; of tropical America including southern California and Texas
Translations

vampire bat

nVampir m, → Blutsauger m

vampire bat

n (Zool) → vampiro
References in periodicals archive ?
Los murcielagos hematofagos pertenecen a la subfamilia Desmodontinae (Chiroptera, Phyllostomidae) y comprenden solamente tres especies actuales: Diaemus youngii (Jentink, 1893), Diphylla ecaudata Spix, 1823 y Desmodus rotundus (E.
23 Natterer, 1843 PHYLLOSTOMIDAE Desmodontinae Desmodus rotundus H 6 31 37 8.
Familia Subfamilia Especie Categoria Trofica Noctilionidae Noctilio P leporinus Linnaeus 1758 Phyllostomidae Phyllostominae Micronycteris IVL megalotis Gray 1842 Phyllostomus O discolor Wagner 1843 Glossophaginae Glossophaga N soricina Pallas 1766 Carollinae Carollia F perspicillata Linnaeus 1758 Stenodermatinae Artibeus F lituratus Olfers 1818 Dermanura F phaeotis Miller 1902 Dermanura F rosenbergi Thomas 1897 Platyrrhinus F helleri Peters 1866 Desmodontinae Desmodus H rotundus E.