from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of several different species of bats


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  • Some of the definitions of this rare _chat-sauvage, _ indeed, might have answered for specifications of a griffin, or of a vampire-bat.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 41, March, 1861

  • But as your actual father, if you'll allow me to say so, is one of the finest specimens of the human vampire-bat in captivity, something has got to be done about it, and you're dashed lucky to have me in your corner, a guide, philosopher, and friend, full of the fruitiest ideas.

    Indiscretions of Archie

  • But she's a sort of human vampire-bat, and she'll make things most fearfully unpleasant for me when I go back to England.

    Death at the Excelsior And Other Stories

  • Nearly half way up was a great wide ledge or platform larger than any of the market-places in the City in the Clouds, and upon this there had been fashioned from the solid rock a colossal representation of the vampire-bat, the device borne upon the banners of Mo.

    The Great White Queen A Tale of Treasure and Treason

  • Also he did not think he could do any good by going, since after "sucking him as dry as an orange" with reference to religious matters "that old vampire-bat Oro had just thrown him away like the rind," and, he might add, "seemed no better for the juice he had absorbed."

    When the World Shook; being an account of the great adventure of Bastin, Bickley and Arbuthnot

  • I have dissected the eyes of a vampire-bat -- very interesting work, very.


  • It is true one doesn't often see a woman with the eyes of a vampire-bat; but there is nothing to be frightened about.


  • Her eyes glistened strangely in the evening light with that peculiar fiery glow which had made Dr. Dean once describe them as being like the eyes of a vampire-bat, and there was something curiously impressive in her gesture as she once more pointed to the towering structure which loomed against the heavens, with one star flashing immediately above it.


  • There are no historical costumes, few eccentricities or monsters: only a few "vampire-bat" head-dresses abruptly break the effect of the peaked caps and the hoods ....

    Two Years in the French West Indies

  • By certain mysterious signs, known only to the family Brahman, it had been decided ten years ago that the soul of our host's elder brother had incarnated in this blood-thirsty vampire-bat.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan


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