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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vam′pire bat`(n.)

  1. any small New World tropical bat of the family Desmodontidae, having specialized front teeth for cutting into the skin and drawing blood from resting animals.

    Category: Mammals

  2. any of several other bats, esp. those of the family Megadermatidae, erroneously believed to feed on blood.

    Category: Mammals

Origin of vampire bat:

1780–90

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vampire bat, true vampire bat(noun)

    any of various tropical American bats of the family Desmodontidae that bite mammals and birds to feed on their blood

Wiktionary

  1. vampire bat(Noun)

    A small flying mammal (bat) of South America which uses its teeth to nick larger animals while they are asleep, allowing it to surreptitiously lap a blood meal.

Freebase

  1. Vampire bat

    Vampire bats are bats whose food source is blood, a dietary trait called hematophagy. Three bat species feed solely on blood: the common vampire bat, the hairy-legged vampire bat, and the white-winged vampire bat. All three species are native to the New World, ranging from Mexico to Brazil, Chile, and Argentina.

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