fruit bat

noun
|Updated on: 23 Jul 2018

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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1877

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  • : a large bat that eats fruit and lives in hot parts of the world


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