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leaf-nosed bat

[leef-nohzd] /ˈlifˌnoʊzd/
noun
1.
any of various New and Old World bats, as of the families Phyllostomatidae, Rhinolophidae, and Hipposideridae, having a leaflike flap of skin at the tip of the nose.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70
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  • Other residents include the leaf-nosed bat and prairie falcons.
  • The lesser long-nosed bat is a small, leaf-nosed bat.
Encyclopedia Article for leaf-nosed bat

any of almost 250 species of New World and Old World bats belonging to the families Phyllostomidae and Hipposideridae that have a flat projection on the muzzle that often resembles a leaf. The purpose of the leaf structure is not known for certain, but it may aid in echolocation.

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