fruit bat

noun

Definition of fruit bat

: any of a family (Pteropodidae of the suborder Megachiroptera) of often large tropical and subtropical Old World bats that feed on ripe fruit, pollen, and nectar and that usually use visual navigation rather than echolocation

called also flying fox

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fruit bat with fruit

Examples of fruit bat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Pemba flying fox, Africa’s largest fruit bat with a wingspan of 5.5 feet, found only on the remote island of Pemba off the coast of Tanzania, nearly went extinct 30 years ago. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 The researchers captured Egyptian fruit bat mothers and pups from a cave just outside Tel Aviv. New York Times, 4 Dec. 2021 The list includes birds, mussels, a fruit bat, a fish, and a flower. Sara Tabin, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 While the virus can infect different animals, the main reservoir appears to be the fruit bat (genus Pteropus), otherwise known as the flying fox. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Marburg outbreaks start when an infected animal, such as a monkey or a fruit bat, passes the virus to a human. Time, 10 Aug. 2021 The bat design, which depicts a Samoan fruit bat mother and her pup, is part of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, by the U.S. Mint. Chiara Vercellone, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2021 The Samoan fruit bat is native to American Samoa and can only be found in the Samoan Archipelago and Fiji, according to the National Park Service. Chiara Vercellone, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2021 But the transfer is plausible given, for example, that many fruit bat species—some of which are implicated as natural reservoirs of Ebola virus—are migratory, and may migrate over large distances. Jacqueline Weyer, Quartz Africa, 27 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of fruit bat

1877, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fruit bat was in 1877

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Last Updated

25 Jun 2022

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“Fruit bat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fruit%20bat. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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