|1.||(in European folklore) a corpse that rises nightly from its grave to drink the blood of the living|
|2.||See vampire bat|
|3.||a person who preys mercilessly upon others, such as a blackmailer|
|5.||theatre a trapdoor on a stage|
|[C18: from French, from German Vampir, from Magyar; perhaps related to Turkish uber witch, Russian upyr vampire]|
Originally part of central European folklore, they now appear in horror stories as living corpses who need to feed on human blood. A vampire will leave his coffin at night, disguised as a great bat, to seek his innocent victims, bite their necks with his long, sharp teeth, and suck their blood.