One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large carnivorous bat that preys on rodents, reptiles, and other small vertebrates.
a tropical New World bat (Vampyrum spectrum, family Phyllostomidae)
an Old World bat (three species in the family Megadermatidae, including the large Australian ghost bat, Macroderma gigas)
- ‘Australian false vampire bats typically roost in caves and abandoned mines.’
- ‘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.’
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