pipistrelle

noun
pip·​is·​trelle | \ ˌpi-pə-ˈstrel How to pronounce pipistrelle (audio) \

Definition of pipistrelle

: any of a genus (Pipistrellus of the family Vespertilionidae) of bats typically appearing in early evening and exhibiting erratic flight especially : one (P. pipistrellus) of Eurasia and northern Africa

Examples of pipistrelle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was also George, the loneliest tree snail, whose demise meant the end of his entire species, and a little bat called the Christmas Island pipistrelle. National Geographic, "How many species haven't we found yet?," 26 Dec. 2019 Just in the past decade, two mammal species have gone extinct: a bat known as the Christmas Island pipistrelle and a rat, the Bramble Cay melomys. Elizabeth Kolbert, National Geographic, "What we lose when animals go extinct," 25 Sep. 2019 The library’s bats are small, often no more than 1 1/2 inches long, from a species called pipistrelle. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "The Bats Help Preserve Old Books But They Drive Librarians, Well, Batty," 17 June 2018 The May experiment was the first time anyone had ever successfully tracked an eastern pipistrelle with the use of telemetry during spring migration. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "DNR scientists track movements of Wisconsin's smallest bat with tiny transmitter," 20 Dec. 2017 The findings are significant and come at time when researchers look for ways to best protect the eastern pipistrelle as its numbers plummet. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "DNR scientists track movements of Wisconsin's smallest bat with tiny transmitter," 20 Dec. 2017 White said eastern pipistrelles in a cave in Grant County in the fourth year of infection suffered a 94% population loss this year. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "DNR scientists track movements of Wisconsin's smallest bat with tiny transmitter," 20 Dec. 2017 Following up these lab findings, the scientists found in cursory field experiments that bats of two additional species — Schreiber’s bats and soprano pipistrelles — also crashed into vertical plates placed near cave exits or bat roosts. Steph Yin, New York Times, "Why Bats Crash Into Buildings," 7 Sep. 2017 Or that a bat called the Christmas Island pipistrelle is thought to have vanished in 2009. John D. Sutter, CNN, "The era of 'biological annihilation'," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of pipistrelle

1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pipistrelle

French, from Italian pipistrello bat, alteration of vipistrello, ultimately from Latin vespertilion-, vespertilio — more at vespertilian

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“Pipistrelle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pipistrelle. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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