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[ kahy-rop-ter ]
/ kaɪˈrɒp tər /


any mammal of the order Chiroptera, comprising the bats.

Nearby words

chiropodist, chiropody, chiropractic, chiropractic medicine, chiropractor, chiropter, chiropteran, chirospasm, chirp, chirpy, chirr

Origin of chiropter

< New Latin Chiroptera, equivalent to chiro- chiro- + Greek -ptera, neuter plural of -pteros -pterous; so named because the wing membranes are supported by the extended digits of the forelimbs; cf. -pter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019