vampire bat


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to vampire bat: Common Vampire Bat

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 classic literature ?
cackled old Gagool behind us, as she flitted about like a vampire bat.
The Vampire bat is often the cause of much trouble, by biting the horses on their withers.
Objectives of research on other vampire bat associated viruses are: 1) to use new genetic tools to quantify overlaps in viral diversity between vampire bats and livestock and 2) establish a controlled field system using domestic pigs to validate bats as reservoirs of shared viral infections and examine within the evolutionary dynamics of viruses in new host species.
New findings by the School of Biological Sciences from the University of Queensland suggest that vampire bat venom can help cure stroke and high blood pressure.
The club was run by, I think, a gentleman called Arthur Lacey, who always wore a dress suit, a frilled dress shirt, a bow tie as big as a vampire bat and a gallon of Brut aftershave.
Because of the widespread control of urban rabies through vaccination of domestic dogs, the common vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus) has emerged as the principal RABV reservoir host along the species' natural range from Mexico to South America (3,4).
Wellington, June 26 ( ANI ): Vampire bat venom could become an important ingredient for medicines of stroke and high blood pressure, as an international team of scientists has identified ways in which bats prevent blood from clotting.
The newly-described dinosaur resembled a weird combination of parrot, vampire bat and porcupine.
Published in the August issue of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the study is based on surveys conducted in two communities in a remote part of the Peruvian Amazon, where human rabies cases caused by vampire bat bites have been a regular occurrence in the last 20 years.
A vampire bat came flapping in from the night covered in fresh blood and parked himself on the roof of the cave to get some sleep Pretty soon all the other bats smelled the blood and began hassling him about where he got it He told them to knock it off and let him get some sleep but they persisted until finally he gave in.
Watch out too for Gordon Buchanan's efforts to prove or refute claims that humpback whales have been known to come close to the shore of the Magellan Strait during the night, while George McGavin does something Dracula would be proud of - he tracks a vampire bat.
24) The virus was found to be the antigenic variant whose main reservoir is the vampire bat, Desmodus rotundus (E.