One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or designating the family Nycteribiidae of wingless dipteran flies which are parasites of bats and bear live young.
A fly of the family Nycteribiidae; a bat fly.
1930s; earliest use found in Journal of Animal Ecology. From scientific Latin Nycteribiidae, family name from Nycteribia, genus name (P. A. Latreille Précis des Caractères Génériques des Insectes 176; from Nycteris + ancient Greek βίος life: see bio-) + -idae.
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