fruit bat

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noun

any fruit-eating bat, especially of the suborder Megachiroptera, of tropical regions throughout the Old World, typically having erect, catlike ears and large eyes adapted for night vision, and either tailless or with a rudimentary tail, the numerous species ranging in wingspan from 10 inches to 5 feet (25 cm to 1.5 meters).

Nearby words

  1. frugally,
  2. frugalness,
  3. frugivore,
  4. frugivorous,
  5. fruit,
  6. fruit beer,
  7. fruit body,
  8. fruit cocktail,
  9. fruit cup,
  10. fruit drop

Origin of fruit bat

First recorded in 1875–80

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British Dictionary definitions for fruit bat

fruit bat

noun

any large Old World bat of the suborder Megachiroptera, occurring in tropical and subtropical regions and feeding on fruitCompare insectivorous bat
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