One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or resembling a leaf-nosed bat of the family Phyllostomidae; specifically of or belonging to a superfamily Phyllostomoidea (now usually called Noctilionoidea) which includes this family.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Isaac Funk (1839–1912), publisher and reformer. From scientific Latin Phyllostomus + -oid.
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