One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to the subfamily Phyllostominae, originally comprising all New World leaf-nosed bats but now applied to a more restricted group of genera within the family Phyllostomidae.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Athenaeum. From scientific Latin Phyllostomina, former tribe name (J. E. Gray in Ann. Philos 26 338; goes to scientific Latin Phyllostominae, subfamily name) from Phyllostomus + -ina.
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