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vespertilionine

[ves-per-til-ee-uh-nahyn, -nin] /ˌvɛs pərˈtɪl i əˌnaɪn, -nɪn/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the bats of the subfamily Vespertilioninae, common in temperate regions and including most familiar species.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; < Neo-Latin Vespertilionae, equivalent to Vespertilion-, stem of Vespertilio a genus (Latin vespertiliō bat, derivative of vesper evening; see vesper) + -inae -inae
Related forms
vespertilionid
[ves-per-til-ee-uh-nid] /ˌvɛs pərˈtɪl i ə nɪd/ (Show IPA),
noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vespertilionid

vespertilionine

/ˌvɛspəˈtɪlɪəˌnaɪn; -nɪn/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Vespertilionidae, a family of common and widespread bats
Derived Forms
vespertilionid (ˌvɛspəˈtɪlɪənɪd) adjective, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vespertīliō a bat, from vesper evening
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