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 ?
"One of the Indians has been attacked by a big vampire bat! Look out, every one!
hee!/" cackled old Gagool behind us, as she flitted about like a vampire bat. "There are the bright stones ye love, white men, as many as ye will; take them, run them through your fingers, /eat/ of them, /hee!
The Vampire bat is often the cause of much trouble, by biting the horses on their withers.
In 2004, for the first time in the history of the Regional Rabies Elimination Program coordinated by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the number of human cases of rabies transmitted by wildlife (in most cases, the vampire bat) exceeded the number of cases transmitted by dogs (16).
This article reports a survey for coronaviruses in insectivorous and vampire bats from Brazil and the identification of a group 2 coronavirus in a vampire bat.
On this exciting expedition of epic proportions, there's no Carnivorous Elephant Beetle too savage, no Gargantuan Vampire Bat too ferocious, no Tiger-Stripe Viper too wild and no pair of pants too bloodthirsty that they can't be defeated.
The bat could even become a lifesaver, as scientists hope to treat human heart patients with anticoagulant from the saliva of the Mexican vampire bat.
Eric learns that part of the legend of vampire bats is true: the part that tells us if a vampire bat bites you, you turn into a monster is fake.
ANSWERS: 1 General von Blucher; 2 Danforth; 3 47 degrees; 4 The raspberry; 5 Kew Gardens; 6 Imola; 7 Shenzi; 8 Desperate Housewives; 9 Vampire bat; 10 The Daily Slate.
Abstract: Aerobic bacterial flora from the digestive tract of the common vampire bat, Desmodus rotundus (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae).
Desmoteplase, a plasminogen activator derived from a protein in vampire bat saliva, has a high fibrin specificity, is not activated by [beta]-amyloid, and has a long terminal half-life.