Definition of Chiroptera in English:

Chiroptera

plural noun

Zoology
  • An order of mammals that comprises the bats.

    • ‘All bats belong to the order Chiroptera, meaning ‘hand-wing.’’
    • ‘The traditional subdivision of the Chiroptera into megabats and microbats may not accurately reflect evolutionary history.’
    • ‘Let's investigate the origin and evolution of flight in our representative taxa: the Pterosauria, Aves, and Chiroptera (bats).’
    • ‘Depending on the rodent species considered, however, some comparisons of Rodentia versus Cetacea and Chiroptera did not support rate differences.’
    • ‘Maps for the Insectivora, Chiroptera, and Cetacea are not included in this chapter.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from chiro- ‘hand’ + Greek pteron wing.

Pronunciation:

Chiroptera

/kʌɪˈrɒpt(ə)rə/