little brown bat


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 On this particular night, sitting quietly within a crevice beneath the building’s metal awning and illuminated by Barber’s flashlight, is a little brown bat. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 13 June 2022 For example, in 2018, Carstens and Ariadna Morales, a graduate student, published a paper that found the little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) is actually five different species, a statement explains. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2022 Carstens alluded to a 2018 study he was involved in about the little brown bat. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2022 The Great Lakes office considers nine regional species to be higher priorities for listing, including the little brown bat, the Illinois chorus frog, and the golden-winged warbler, Nordstrom says. Farah Eltohamy, Animals, 15 Dec. 2020 One of the most at-risk species is the little brown bat. Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2020 The state's two most-common bat species are the little brown bat and the big brown bat. Allen Kim, CNN, 26 May 2020 Alaska’s little brown bats may be saved from the disease because their adventurous ancestors chose extreme isolation. Anchorage Daily News, 9 Nov. 2019 The little brown bat population has been hurt by a fungal disease called white-nose syndrome, which kills bats by increasing the amount of energy used during hibernation, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. USA TODAY, 31 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of little brown bat

1842, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jun 2022

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“Little brown bat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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