vespertilionine

[ ves-per-til-ee-uh-nahyn, -nin ]
/ ˌvɛs pərˈtɪl i əˌnaɪn, -nɪn /

adjective

of or relating to the bats of the subfamily Vespertilioninae, common in temperate regions and including most familiar species.

Nearby words

  1. vesper sparrow,
  2. vesperal,
  3. vespers,
  4. vespers, sicilian,
  5. vespertide,
  6. vespertine,
  7. vespiary,
  8. vespid,
  9. vespine,
  10. vespucci

Origin of vespertilionine

1870–75; < New Latin Vespertilionae, equivalent to Vespertilion-, stem of Vespertilio a genus (Latin vespertiliō bat, derivative of vesper evening; see vesper) + -inae -inae

Related formsves·per·til·i·o·nid [ves-per-til-ee-uh-nid] /ˌvɛs pərˈtɪl i ə nɪd/, noun, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for vespertilionine

vespertilionine

/ (ˌvɛspəˈtɪlɪəˌnaɪn, -nɪn) /

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Vespertilionidae, a family of common and widespread bats
Derived Formsvespertilionid (ˌvɛspəˈtɪlɪənɪd), adjective, noun

Word Origin for vespertilionine

C17: from Latin vespertīliō a bat, from vesper evening

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