from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having wings that are like hands in the structure and arrangement of their bones; -- said of bats. See cheiroptera.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having hands formed for flight by enormous development of the digits and their webbing; chiropterous: specifically applied to bats. See cut under Pteropus.
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Besides being reckoned among the four-handed creatures, a Greek name has been given to bats, from the curious way in which their fore paws, or hands, have been lengthened out into wings; it means "hand-winged."