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vampire bat

noun

: a bat from Central and South America that sucks the blood of people and animals

Full Definition of VAMPIRE BAT

:  any of several Central and South American bats (Desmodus rotundus, Diaemus youngi, and Diphylla ecaudata of the subfamily Desmodontinae of the family Phyllostomidae) that feed on the blood of birds and mammals and especially domestic animals and that are sometimes vectors of disease and especially of rabies; also :  any of several other bats (as of the families Megadermatidae and Phyllostomidae) that do not feed on blood but are sometimes reputed to do so
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First Known Use of VAMPIRE BAT

1790
VAMPIRE BAT Defined for Kids

vampire bat

noun

Definition of VAMPIRE BAT for Kids

:  a bat of tropical America that feeds on the blood of birds and mammals
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vampire bat

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Medical Definition of VAMPIRE BAT

:  any of several Central and South American bats (Desmodus rotundus, Diaemus youngi, and Diphylla ecaudata) that feed on the blood of birds and mammals and especially domestic animals and that are sometimes vectors of disease and especially of rabies; also :  any of several other bats that do not feed on blood but are sometimes reputed to do so

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