Definition of false vampire in English:

false vampire


  • A large carnivorous bat that preys on rodents, reptiles, and other small vertebrates.

    an Old World bat (three species in the family "Megadermatidae", including the large Australian ghost bat, "Macroderma gigas").

    a tropical New World bat ("Vampyrum spectrum", family "Phyllostomidae").

    • ‘False Vampire Bats are found in lowland forests from Central America, south to Northern Bolivia and the Southern Amazon Basin.’
    • ‘These ‘false vampires’ or yellow-winged bats are quite distinctive in appearance, with long, erect noseleaves (fleshy protrusion from the nose) and huge ears.’
    • ‘Australian false vampire bats typically roost in caves and abandoned mines.’