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

  • n. Any of various very small insectivorous bats of the genus Pipistrellus, found throughout the world.

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  • n. Any of various species of bat of the genus Pipistrellus.

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  • n. small European brown bat


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

French, from Italian pipistrello, bat, alteration of Old Italian vipistrello, from Latin vespertiliō; see vespertilionid.

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From French pipistrelle, from Italian pipistrello ("bat"), variant of vipistrello, from Latin vespertilio.


  • However, while the many differences between these two species have only recently been acknowledged, both were originally named during the 1700s and 1800s: the 45 kHz pipistrelle is P. pipistellus (Schreber, 1774) while the 55 kHz pipistrelle is P. pygmaeus Leach, 1825.

    The first new European mammal in 100 years? You must be joking

  • This first bat is a common pipistrelle, the clicking sounds it produces registering at 45khz, and we count them out as they loop over the garden and head off towards the fields.

    Country diary: Allendale, Northumberland

  • On one recent outing near the Olympic Stadium, Ms. Oliver found about 10 pipistrelle bats, a common bat in the British Isles.

    Eye of Newt and Wool of Bat Will Be Plentiful After London Olympics

  • Instead we have this moronic inferno, a high-pitched fugue of endlessly self-referential squeaking, the sonar of a thousand bewildered but nonetheless blithely confident pipistrelle bats, all mothless.

    Dancing on graves is what journalists do

  • The caves also contain one of the largest colonies of bats in the world: 11 species make their homes here, including western pipistrelle, pallid, lump-nosed, fringed myotis, and Mexican free-tailed bats.

    Travel Guide: the Incredible Natural Landscapes in the U.S.A. (Part 1)

  • The underground galleries hold ten species of wintering bat in reasonable numbers including the rare and Shreiber's bat Miniopterus schreibersi, lesser horseshoe bat Rhinolophus hipposideros (VU), long-fingered bat Myotis capaccinii (VU), greater mouse-eared bat M. myotis, Savi's pipistrelle Pipistrellus savii and western barbastelle Barbastella barbastellus (VU).

    Skocjan Caves Regional Park, Slovenia

  • One near-endemic mammal occurs here, the disc-footed bat (Eudiscopus denticulus), and an endemic pipistrelle (Pipistrellus lophurus) (Table 1).

    Myanmar coastal rain forests

  • Many people might immediately think of the two pipistrelle species dubbed informally the 45 and 55 kHz pipistrelles: in 1993 it was discovered that the ‘species’ Pipistrellus pipistrellus actually consisted of two distinct species, both of which differed in the echolocation frequencies of their calls, and which were later shown to differ in genetics, morphology and behaviour (Barlow et al. 1997, Davidson-Watts & Jones 2006).

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • The western pipistrelle bats Pipistrellus hesperus had largely abandoned their cave, except for one lone female who had several young clinging to her back.

    A Preview Of Lassen County Science Camp

  • Both these appear to be closely allied to the _pipistrelle_ of Europe, and are stated to have been found at Mussoorie and in Kashmir.

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon


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  • Very sad.

    May 4, 2009

  • This little critter deserves a nice poem. Here is what I wrote:

    Pipistrelle went to town,

    To seek her fortune and fame.

    She turned to prostitution,

    That unseemly institution,

    She had only herself to blame.

    She went straight to confession,

    And met a nice priest,

    They had a rollicking time in bed.

    There came a baby son,

    Mother Church them did shun,

    Until at last they did wed.

    Parenthood was not his forte,

    So the priest went away.

    His son grew up to be a man.

    He took Holy Orders,

    and a few female boarders,

    They had a rollicking time in bed.

    Before you go "batty" with Pipistrelle,

    And this marv'lous little tale,

    Remember to live a good life.

    A day of solid penance,

    buys a day of solid remission,

    And if you marry,

    Pick an honest good wife!

    logos a/k/a JRS

    August 13, 2008

  • Does it wear long stockings?

    August 13, 2008