Meaning of false vampire in English:

false vampire


  • A large carnivorous bat that preys on rodents, reptiles, and other small vertebrates.

    an Old World bat (three species in the family Megadermatidae, including the large Australian ghost bat, Macroderma gigas).a tropical New World bat (Vampyrum spectrum, family Phyllostomidae).

    ‘These ‘false vampires’ or yellow-winged bats are quite distinctive in appearance, with long, erect noseleaves (fleshy protrusion from the nose) and huge ears.’
    • ‘False Vampire Bats are found in lowland forests from Central America, south to Northern Bolivia and the Southern Amazon Basin.’
    • ‘Australian false vampire bats typically roost in caves and abandoned mines.’