plural noun
Phyl·​lo·​sto·​mat·​i·​dae | \ ˌfiləstōˈmatəˌdē \

Definition of Phyllostomatidae

: a large family of leaf-nosed bats that range from the southern U.S. to Paraguay and are distinguished from the Old World horseshoe bats by the well-developed tragus — see spearnose bat

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History and Etymology for Phyllostomatidae

New Latin, irregular from Phyllostomus, type genus + -idae

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“Phyllostomatidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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