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.’