capitalized : the type genus of Vespertilionidae formerly comprehensive but now comprising solely the frosted bat (V. murinus) or slightly extended to include the serotine and the American brown bats which are more often placed in the genus Eptesicus
plural -s : any bat of the genus Vespertilio
broadly : bat

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, bat, from vesper evening

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“Vespertilio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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