vampire bat

noun
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of vampire bat

: any of several bats (Desmodus rotundus, Diaemus youngi, and Diphylla ecaudata of the subfamily Desmodontinae of the family Phyllostomidae) of Mexico and Central and South America that feed on the blood of birds and mammals and especially domestic animals and that are sometimes vectors of disease and especially of rabies; also : any of several other bats (as of the families Megadermatidae and Phyllostomidae) that do not feed on blood but are sometimes reputed to do so

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First Known Use of vampire bat

1790


VAMPIRE BAT Defined for English Language Learners

vampire bat

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Definition of vampire bat for English Language Learners

  • : a bat from Central and South America that sucks the blood of people and animals


VAMPIRE BAT Defined for Kids

vampire bat

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Definition of vampire bat for Students

: a bat of tropical America that feeds on the blood of birds and mammals

Medical Dictionary

vampire bat

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medical Definition of vampire bat

: any of several Central and South American bats (Desmodus rotundus, Diaemus youngi, and Diphylla ecaudata) that feed on the blood of birds and mammals and especially domestic animals and that are sometimes vectors of disease and especially of rabies; also : any of several other bats that do not feed on blood but are sometimes reputed to do so

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