One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of the bat family Phyllostomidae, which comprises the leaf-nosed bats of the New World.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of the family Phyllostomidae.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Isaac Funk (1839–1912), publisher and reformer. From scientific Latin Phyllostomidae, family name from Phyllostomus + -idae, after Phyllostomina.
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