any of several New World tropical bats of the genera Desmodus, Diphylla, and Diaemus, the size of a small mouse, feeding on small amounts of blood obtained from resting mammals and birds by means of a shallow cut made with specialized incisor teeth.
any of several large South American bats of the genera Phyllostomus and Vampyrus, erroneously believed to feed on blood.
Imaginations really run wild with the carnivorous, blood-sucking vampire bat, as well.
Mythology imbues the vampire bat with supernatural powers, but its real abilities are no less extraordinary.
Structural features mediating fibrin selectivity of vampire bat plasminogen activators.
Descriptors: vampire bat, longevity in captivity, observations.
British Dictionary definitions for vampire bat
any bat, esp Desmodus rotundus, of the family Desmodontidae of tropical regions of Central and South America, having sharp incisor and canine teeth and feeding on the blood of birds and mammals Compare false vampire