plural noun

: 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

Word History


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

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“Phyllostomatidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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