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).
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Origin of fruit bat
First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for fruit bat
From a number of high trees, thousands of flying foxes (fruit-bat, Pteropus medius) are suspended.Castes and Tribes of Southern India|Edgar Thurston
British Dictionary definitions for fruit bat
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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