One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An insectivorous bat with ears that are very long in proportion to the body.
Plecotus and other genera, family Vespertilionidae: several species, in particular the common (or brown) long-eared bat (P. auritus) of Eurasia
- ‘The pipistrelles and brown long-eared bats who've been very active this summer have settled in their winter roosts - our cellar, old barn eaves and rot-holes in trees.’
- ‘A colony of Gould's long-eared bats had taken up residence inside the bell.’
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