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

  • n. Any of various fruit-eating bats of the suborder Megachiroptera, inhabiting chiefly tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Australia.

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  • n. any of several tropical fruit-eating bats of the family Pteropodidae

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. one of the Frugivora; -- called also fruit-eating bat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fruit-eating or frugivorous bat of the family Pteropodid├Ž, or suborder Frugivora; a fox-bat or flying-fox. See cut in next column.

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  • n. large Old World bat of warm and tropical regions that feeds on fruit


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  • See also androtitthophobia.

    April 2, 2008

  • Moo.

    March 31, 2008

  • Perhaps, palooka considers nipples an oligosemantonym.


    March 31, 2008

  • Thank you all, true believers. Palooka, take note: your vestigial protuberances are actually NIPPLES.

    March 31, 2008

  • Human males have mammary glands in addition to nipples. In some circumstances men can lactate.

    March 30, 2008

  • I think we should use iroquoisy more often. It's definitely wordieworthy.

    March 30, 2008

  • sionnach,
    It may sound iroquoisy, but some male fruit bats can actually lactate!
    See here.

    March 30, 2008

  • Do fruit bats have nipples?

    March 30, 2008

  • I was once a fruit bat for Halloween myself.

    March 29, 2008

  • I used to have fruit bats in my back yard. By day, sleeping upside-down in the banana trees. By night, squabbling like cutthroats over mangoes.
    One morning I arose and found my car, parked as usual in the driveway, with broken rear window. I was about to curse the local hoodlums when I saw a half-eaten green mango on the rear shelf. Culprit? Fruit bat tries to make off with booty, drops mango during hot pursuit. Sometimes I think it's worth paying for a new rear window to have a mango-thieving fruit bat story up your sleeve :-)

    March 29, 2008

  • I hope that Stellaluna the gerbil steered clear of tricking with Lemmiwinks. We all know the trouble he found himself in. A dark, dank orifice where the sun never shone.

    March 29, 2008

  • Did Stellaluna the Gerbil go trick-or-treating? *wondering how she'd have carried her treats bag*

    March 29, 2008

  • Well, spawn went as a fruit bat, not as Stellaluna, but we were familiar with said book. In fact at one time we had a gerbil named Stellaluna.

    March 29, 2008

  • One of my all-time favorite books.

    March 29, 2008

  • As in Stellaluna?

    March 29, 2008

  • My spawn went out for Halloween one year trick-or-treating as a fruit bat. We have a very soft spot in our hearts for fruit bats.

    March 29, 2008