pipistrelle


pip·is·trelle

noun \ˌpi-pə-ˈstrel\

Definition of PIPISTRELLE

:  any of a genus (Pipistrellus of the family Vespertilionidae) of bats typically appearing in early evening and exhibiting erratic flight; especially :  one (P. pipistrellus) of Eurasia and northern Africa

Origin of PIPISTRELLE

French, from Italian pipistrello bat, alteration of vipistrello, ultimately from Latin vespertilion-, vespertilio — more at vespertilian
First Known Use: 1771

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