Definition of microchiropteran in US English:


noun & adjective

  • See Microchiroptera

    • ‘Megachiropterans and microchiropterans differ in many other ways.’
    • ‘These fossils represent essentially modern-looking microchiropterans; bats had evolved all of their characteristic features and begun to diversify by this time.’
    • ‘They are sometimes considered to be the most primitive living microchiropterans, because of their free premaxillae, and the structure of their wings and thorax.’
    • ‘Other microchiropterans may behave similarly, but this is not evident from patterns of repetition of echolocation calls in flight.’
    • ‘Like all microchiropterans, emballonurids use echolocation to locate prey.’