any of several New World tropical bats of the genera Desmodus, Diphylla, and Diaemus, the size of a small mouse, feeding on small amounts of blood obtained from resting mammals and birds by means of a shallow cut made with specialized incisor teeth.
any of several large South American bats of the genera Phyllostomus and Vampyrus, erroneously believed to feed on blood.
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How to use vampire bat in a sentence
This may seem like a uniquely human experience, but there’s evidence that a similar behavior is fairly common among vampire bats.Vampire bats rendezvous with their friends when dining out | Elana Spivack | September 28, 2021 | Popular-Science
Male vampire bats tend to fight more over territory, and do less grooming and food sharing.Vampire bats rendezvous with their friends when dining out | Elana Spivack | September 28, 2021 | Popular-Science
Carter said there is reason to fear vampire bats because they can transmit rabies to livestock and people.
Scientists have provided a deeper understanding of social relationships among vampire bats, showing how those that have forged bonds akin to “friendships” with others will rendezvous with these buddies while foraging for a meal.
When one thinks of vampire bats, friendship and cooperation may not be among the qualities that come to mind for these blood-feasting creatures of the night.
His skin hung loose on his great body, as though a vampire bat had drained it of its blood.The Shadow | Arthur Stringer
A flitting vampire bat is real, or a stinging ray in the depths of a blue lagoon.The Man the Martians Made | Frank Belknap Long
In one case a vampire bat had punctured a mans arm near the elbow while he slept, and that little wound had grown disastrously.The Sea and the Jungle | H. M. Tomlinson
But there is a big bat, called the vampire bat, that will do a good deal of mischief, if he can get a chance.Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad | Various
The vampire bat is often the cause of much trouble, by biting the horses on their withers.A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World | Charles Darwin
British Dictionary definitions for vampire bat
any bat, esp Desmodus rotundus, of the family Desmodontidae of tropical regions of Central and South America, having sharp incisor and canine teeth and feeding on the blood of birds and mammals: Compare false vampire
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