pipistrelle


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pip·i·strelle

also pip·i·strel  (pĭp′ĭ-strĕl′, pĭp′ĭ-strĕl′)
n.
Any of various small insectivorous bats, especially of the genera Pipistrellus and Hypsugo, found throughout the world.

[French, from Italian pipistrello, bat, alteration of Old Italian vipistrello, from Latin vespertiliō; see vespertilionid.]
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pipistrelle

or

pipistrel

n
(Animals) any of numerous small brownish insectivorous bats of the genus Pipistrellus, occurring in most parts of the world: family Vespertilionidae
[C18: via French from Italian pipistrello, from Latin vespertīliō a bat, from vesper evening, because of its nocturnal habits]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pipistrelle - small European brown bat
vespertilian bat, vespertilionid - a variety of carnivorous bat
genus Pipistrellus, Pipistrellus - nearly cosmopolitan genus of very small bats
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Translations

pipistrelle

[ˌpɪpɪˈstrel] Npipistrelo m
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pipistrelle

nZwergfledermaus f
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"I was further down the line of surveyors and it was like standing in a pipistrelle blizzard as the bats passed above my head.
The bats, of the species soprano pipistrelle, come out in the dark to feed on insects, and can consume up to 3,000 midges in one night.
There are more than five known species of protected bats in the area of Betton and Oakley including the common pipistrelle, Daubenton's bat, the brown long-eared bat, noctule and the soprano pipistrelle.
KIAN MALLINSON, two, is rushed to hospital after being bitten by a pipistrelle bat as he sleeps in his cot in Hull.
The bat, which is thought to have been a tiny Pipistrelle, died hours after it was caught and has been sent for tests.
I was overjoyed when I spotted my first pipistrelle bat, darting acrobatically against an orange sky one warm spring evening.
Chiropterologists focused on finding new caves suitable for the wintering of the cool-philic species of bats, like common pipistrelle and parti-coloured bat.Intense cave research is currently ongoing in this gorge.
Its refugee detention centre was built in the 1990s, in the main surviving foraging area of the pipistrelle, by then already in rapid decline.
It was while carrying out a regular facilities inspection that one of the BAE team found a pipistrelle bat on the floor.
Ken's guests were pipistrelle bats and they selected his house as a daily roost.
They built a series of bat boxes, positioning them at another Cardiff University site where pipistrelle bats are regular evening visitors and won a Dwr Cymru grant to plant 2,000 bluebells this autumn to strengthen numbers of native bluebell species.
Now Seaton Delaval Hall is living up to the old tradition after the discovery that the 18th-century building is home to the largest common pipistrelle winter bat roost in the UK.