pipistrelle

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noun pip·is·trelle \ˌpi-pə-ˈstrel\

Definition of pipistrelle

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of pipistrelle

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


First Known Use: 1771


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