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prop. n. p1.(Zool.) An earlier spelling for Chiroptera, an order of Mammalia, including the bats, having four toes of each of the anterior limbs elongated and connected by a web, so that they can be used like wings in flying. See Chiroptera and Bat.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Thirteenth monograph on the verspertilionid cheiroptera forming the genus nyctice, vespertilion, and fury.
On a revision of the ethmoid bone in the Mammalia, with special reference to the description of this bone and of the sense of smelling in the Cheiroptera. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 10:135-164.