chiropter

chiropter

[kahy-rop-ter]
noun
any mammal of the order Chiroptera, comprising the bats.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin Chiroptera, equivalent to chiro- chiro- + Greek -ptera, neuter plural of -pteros -pterous; so named because the wing membranes are supported by the extended digits of the forelimbs; cf. -pter

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