Definition of barbastelle in English:

barbastelle

Pronunciation: /ˌbɑːbəˈstɛl//ˈbɑːbəstɛl/

noun

  • An Old World bat with broad ears that meet over the head.

    • ‘The breeding colony of barbastelle bats was found at Paston Great Barn in Norfolk in August 1996.’
    • ‘Also, records of barbastelles have never been reported from the eastern part of the Crimean peninsula.’
    • ‘The diet of barbastelles consists almost exclusively of Lepidoptera, probably caught by aerial hawking.’
    • ‘Many of these bats are rare or endangered species such as the barbastelles and mouse eared bat.’
    • ‘Bechstein's, Daubenton's and barbastelles are the rarest of British bats and all occur here.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from French, from Italian barbastello.

Pronunciation:

barbastelle

/ˌbɑːbəˈstɛl//ˈbɑːbəstɛl/