vampire bat


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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

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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.
Scientists said they have mapped for the first time the complete genome of a vampire bat, finding that this flying mammal boasts numerous genetic traits that help it thrive on an exotic food source that offers nutritional disadvantages and exposes it to blood-borne pathogens.
The common vampire bat feed mostly on mammals, including humans, often returning night-after-night to the same animal for a meal.
A DOG who looks like a vampire bat has found a forever home - just in time for Halloween.
A FARMER has died and more than 40 people are being treated for possible rabies after vampire bat attacks.
Prey preference of the common vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus, Chiroptera) using molecular analysis.
Current rabies control efforts, which focus on reducing the size of vampire bat populations, have proved ineffective.
These include two primates (Himalayan rhesus monkey, hanuman grey langur); eight (8) Chiropetra (Indian false vampire bat, fulvous fruit bat, Himalayan pipistrelle, lesser horseshoe bat, common bent-wing bat, dark whiskered bat, Pallas's tube-nosed bat, Torresian tube-nosed bat or northern tube-nosed bat, Gilgit tube-nosed bat, and horseshoe bat); seven (7) carnivores (golden jackal, common leopard, Asiatic black bear, jungle cat, stoat or ermine, Himalayan palm civit and yellow-throated martin); and 12 rodents (Himalayan field mouse, house mouse, roof rat or house rat, Eurasian pygmy shrew, Turkestan rat, Indian mole rat, short-tailed mole rat, small Kashmir flying squirrel, Royle's high mountain vole; and one artiodactyle (barking deer) species.
Diaemus youngi, es conocido como white-winged vampire bat, por presentar manchas blancas en las extremidades de las alas, asi como en la membrana entre el segundo y tercer dedo (Greenhall & Schutt 1996).
Greenhall (1972) observed that when a variety of hosts is present, the vampire bat is selective; although, when only the least preferred host is available, vampire bats may attack them severely (Turner, 1975; Voigt and Kelm, 2006).