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

  • n. Any of various tropical American bats of the family Desmodontidae that bite mammals and birds to feed on their blood and that often carry diseases such as rabies.
  • n. Any of various other bats, as those of the family Megadermatidae, erroneously believed to feed on blood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small flying mammal (bat) of South America which uses its teeth to nick larger animals while they are asleep, allowing it to surreptitiously lap a blood meal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a vampire, 3.

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

  • n. any of various tropical American bats of the family Desmodontidae that bite mammals and birds to feed on their blood

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