nose leaf


  1. a leaflike outgrowth of skin on the nose of various bats, thought to be sensitive to vibrations of the air.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of nose leaf1

First recorded in 1830–40

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Example Sentences

A simple transverse nose-leaf; ears large, ovoid, united at base as in Plecotus.

The name is of course derived from the shape of the nose leaf.

The genus Rhinolophus has a large nose leaf, and an antitragus to the ear.

The nose leaf is complicated, and there are only two phalanges in all the toes; there is no antitragus to the ear.

Ridge on muzzle beneath edge of nose leaf low, broad and hairy, not in the least suggesting a supplementary leaflet.


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