- any of numerous insectivorous bats of the genus Pipistrellus, especially P. pipistrellus of Europe and Asia.
Origin of pipistrelle
1775–85; < French < Italian pipistrello, variant of vipistrello ≪ Latin vespertīliōn- (stem ofvespertīliō) bat. See vespertilionine
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This pipistrelle probably inhabits all of northern and northwestern Utah in suitable habitats.Additional Records and Extensions of Known Ranges of Mammals from Utah
Stephen D. Durrant
Pipistrel, Pipistrelle, pip-is-trel′, n. a small reddish-brown bat.
Like Myotis californicus this pipistrelle seemed to have a short and early foraging period.Mammals of the San Gabriel Mountains of California
Terry A. Vaughan
The Pipistrelle feeds upon insects but will eat flesh if opportunity serves.Natural History in Anecdote
It includes only the North American N. humeralis (crepuscularis), a bat scarcely larger than the pipistrelle.
- any of numerous small brownish insectivorous bats of the genus Pipistrellus, occurring in most parts of the world: family Vespertilionidae
C18: via French from Italian pipistrello, from Latin vespertīliō a bat, from vesper evening, because of its nocturnal habits
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