One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bat with a long snout and large eyes, feeding chiefly on fruit or nectar and found mainly in the Old World tropics.
- ‘Humans, monkeys, guinea pigs, and the Indian fruit bat are exceptions and must obtain it from the diet.’
- ‘And this skull is of an animal classified as a ‘carnivore’ because of its teeth yet it's a fruit bat!’
- ‘All flying foxes are fruit bats, but not all fruit bats are flying foxes.’
- ‘There are several species of birds but few native plants and animals; the only indigenous mammal is the Pacific fruit bat.’
- ‘Three species of African fruit bat harbor the Ebola virus, enabling the deadly pathogen to spring out and infect primates and humans, says a study appearing today in the British journal Nature.’
- ‘Scientists now say that the world's largest fruit bat, known locally as a flying fox, was the culprit.’
- ‘A Rodrigues fruit bat was trying to give birth in the wrong position - hanging by her feet and thumbs, sometimes with her head down - and having difficulty.’
- ‘Certain bats, like the short-tailed fruit bat, drop guano containing 40,000 to 50,000 seeds in a night.’
- ‘In his work on fruit bats, which are called flying foxes in Australia, Ballard found that ‘there was a trend for people who had higher levels of contact with flying foxes to be less positive about them.’’
- ‘There are over fifty different varieties of bats in Australia of two major groups, the larger fruit bats including flying foxes and the smaller insect eating bats.’
- ‘For one thing, a fruit bat that flies home with a mango in its mouth is pushing the limits of its flight equipment.’
- ‘I am not a morning person; indeed, my circadian rhythms have been so thoroughly addled by work lately that I am probably now a close relative of the common fruit bat.’
- ‘Even some nonavian natives - the Mariana fruit bat, for instance - are rapidly disappearing under the attack of the resourceful reptile.’
- ‘Devouring an entire fruit bat is probably what tipped me over - temporarily thank God - into vegetarianism.’
- ‘It had a head injury and was identified as an Egyptian fruit bat.’
- ‘The species she has chosen to benefit is the Livingstone fruit bat found on the Comores islands between Madagascar and the African mainland.’
- ‘At an evening barbecue in August 1996 an Australian fruit bat alighted on the back of a small child.’
- ‘They have no way of knowing what is out there, and a fruit bat that ventures out over the empty sea runs a big risk, given what seem to be the species' limited navigational abilities over long distances.’
- ‘Homosexuality has been recorded in a wide range of animals, including beetles, sheep, fruit bats, dolphins, and monkeys.’
- ‘In the case of the fruit bats, the bats are crucial for dispersing the seeds contained within the fruits.’
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