vampire bat(redirected from Desmodontinae)
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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.
(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
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.
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|Noun||1.||vampire 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
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