little brown bat

noun

Definition of little brown bat

: a small widely distributed insectivorous North American bat (Myotis lucifugus) with brown fur

Examples of little brown bat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The little brown bat population has declined by up to 90% in Vermont. USA TODAY, "Whiskey webs, alien abductions, goldfish invasion: News from around our 50 states," 25 June 2019 The department says the little brown bat is endangered in the state, and long-term volunteer monitoring is critical to its management and recovery. USA TODAY, "Whiskey webs, alien abductions, goldfish invasion: News from around our 50 states," 25 June 2019 About 200 female little brown bats have made their nesting homes in a shelter at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Five cool bat facts," 23 Apr. 2018 Back at Fort Drum, for instance, the little brown bat maternal colony seemed headed for extinction. Rachel Kaufman, Smithsonian, "Three Ways Bats Could Bounce Back From Devastating White Nose Syndrome," 18 June 2018 One of those colonies today includes nearly 200 little brown bat mothers and babies. Rachel Kaufman, Smithsonian, "Three Ways Bats Could Bounce Back From Devastating White Nose Syndrome," 18 June 2018 To report the location of a little brown bat colony of ten or more, e-mail jennifer.longsdorf@state.ma.us. Margeaux Sippell can be reached at margeaux.sippell@globe.com. Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, "Little brown bats are dying; why we should care," 16 Apr. 2018 The little brown bat is the only one that remains in winter, hibernating upside down underneath the bark of shagbark hickory and other trees, as well as sometimes in people’s attics, Goyette said. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Lake County bat monitoring program hopes to prevent fungus killing critical mammal," 23 Apr. 2018 Once among the most common bat species in the United States, the little brown bat has been reduced to just 1 percent of its former population. Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, "Little brown bats are dying; why we should care," 16 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'little brown bat.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of little brown bat

1842, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about little brown bat

Statistics for little brown bat

Last Updated

15 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for little brown bat

The first known use of little brown bat was in 1842

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on little brown bat

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about little brown bat

Comments on little brown bat

What made you want to look up little brown bat? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

providing supplementary assistance

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!