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Of or relating to the genus Plecotus of bats of the family Vespertilionidae, characterized by very large ears and glandular masses on the muzzle.
A plecotine bat.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Century Dictionary. From scientific Latin Plecotus, genus name (L. Oken Lehrb. der Naturgeschichte III. 928; from ancient Greek πλέκος wickerwork or its etymon πλέκειν to plait, twist + ὠτ-, οὖς ear: see oto-) + -ine.
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