Meaning of barbastelle in English:


Pronunciation /ˌbɑːbəˈstɛl/ /ˈbɑːbəstɛl/


  • An Old World bat with broad ears that meet over the head.

    Genus Barbastella, family Vespertilionidae: two species

    ‘Also, records of barbastelles have never been reported from the eastern part of the Crimean peninsula.’
    • ‘The diet of barbastelles consists almost exclusively of Lepidoptera, probably caught by aerial hawking.’
    • ‘Many of these bats are rare or endangered species such as the barbastelles and mouse eared bat.’
    • ‘Bechstein's, Daubenton's and barbastelles are the rarest of British bats and all occur here.’
    • ‘The breeding colony of barbastelle bats was found at Paston Great Barn in Norfolk in August 1996.’


Late 18th century from French, from Italian barbastello.