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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

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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


  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.


  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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