n. pl.1.(Zool.) A tribe of bats including the common insectivorous bats of America and Europe, belonging to Vespertilio and allied genera. They lack a nose membrane.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Dr Orchard translates this, 'Then at the time before dawn, from a clear sky there came some pests multicoloured like frogs', and he observes, 'The Epistola clearly describes the attack of shiny flying mouse-like creatures as big as foxes; one assumes that large bats are intended.' It is odd that the author of the Epistola should be so oblique here, when he refers unambiguously to vespertiliones only two sections earlier (p.