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fruit bat

noun
1.
any fruit-eating bat, especially of the suborder Megachiroptera, of tropical regions throughout the Old World, typically having erect, catlike ears and large eyes adapted for night vision, and either tailless or with a rudimentary tail, the numerous species ranging in wingspan from 10 inches to 5 feet (25 cm to 1.5 meters).
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80
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Examples for fruit bat
  • Among the fauna visitors can see are tropical birds and the endangered flying fox-a fruit bat with the wingspan of a barn owl.
  • The dining room had that stench of fruit bat guano that you often get in old colonial buildings with a metal roof and a ceiling.
  • As the snakes dispersed, forest bird and fruit bat populations plummeted.
British Dictionary definitions for fruit bat

fruit bat

noun
1.
any large Old World bat of the suborder Megachiroptera, occurring in tropical and subtropical regions and feeding on fruit Compare insectivorous bat
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