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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A mammal, such as the bat, that is a member of the order Chiroptera and has forelimbs modified as wings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any mammal, of the order Chiroptera, that has forelimbs modified to form wings

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. same as chiropter.
  • n. nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the Chiroptera.
  • n. A chiropter; a bat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate

Etymologies

From New Latin Chīroptera, order name : chiro- + -pter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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