cheiroptera
chiroptera chi*rop"te*ra (k[-i]*r[o^]p"t[~e]r), n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. chei`r hand + ptero`n wing.] (Zo["o]l.) an ancient order of mammalia dating to the early Eocene, including the bats. They are nocturnal mouselike mammals having four toes of each of the anterior limbs elongated and connected by a web, so that they form membranous wings that can be used in flying. They also have anatomical adaptations, including large ears, for echolocation, by which they navigate and in some cases find insects. The order includes the suborders Megachiroptera (the fruit bats) and Microchiroptera (insectivorous bats). See {Bat}. Previously spelled {cheiroptera}. [archaic] [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

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  • Cheiroptera — Chei*rop te*ra (k[ i]*r[o^]p t[ e]*r[.a]), prop. n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. chei r hand + ptero n wing.] (Zo[ o]l.) An earlier spelling for {Chiroptera}, an order of Mammalia, including the bats, having four toes of each of the anterior limbs elongated …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cheiroptĕra — (Chiroptera), s. Handflügler …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Cheiroptera — Cheiroptera, s. Fledermäuse …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • cheiroptera — n. type of mammal having four toes of each of the front limbs extended and connected by a web in order that they can be used as wings in flying (this order includes the bats) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Cheiroptera — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Chiroptera — Cheiroptera Chei*rop te*ra (k[ i]*r[o^]p t[ e]*r[.a]), prop. n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. chei r hand + ptero n wing.] (Zo[ o]l.) An earlier spelling for {Chiroptera}, an order of Mammalia, including the bats, having four toes of each of the anterior… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chiroptera — chi*rop te*ra (k[ i]*r[o^]p t[ e]r), n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. chei r hand + ptero n wing.] (Zo[ o]l.) an ancient order of mammalia dating to the early Eocene, including the bats. They are nocturnal mouselike mammals having four toes of each of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cosmopolitan — Cos mo*pol i*tan, Cosmopolite Cos*mop o*lite, a. 1. Having no fixed residence; at home in any place; free from local attachments or prejudices; not provincial; liberal. [1913 Webster] In other countries taste is perphaps too exclusively national …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cosmopolite — Cosmopolitan Cos mo*pol i*tan, Cosmopolite Cos*mop o*lite, a. 1. Having no fixed residence; at home in any place; free from local attachments or prejudices; not provincial; liberal. [1913 Webster] In other countries taste is perphaps too… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Frugivora — Fru*giv o*ra, n. pl. [NL. See {Frugivorous}.] (Zo[ o]l.) The fruit bate; a group of the Cheiroptera, comprising the bats which live on fruits. See {Eruit bat}, under {Fruit}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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