any mammal of the order Chiroptera, comprising the bats.

Nearby words

  1. chiropodist,
  2. chiropody,
  3. chiropractic,
  4. chiropractic medicine,
  5. chiropractor,
  6. chiropteran,
  7. chirospasm,
  8. chirp,
  9. chirpy,
  10. 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