pipistrelle

noun pip·is·trelle \ ˌpi-pə-ˈstrel \
|Updated on: 4 Jul 2018

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

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Origin and Etymology of pipistrelle

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


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