fruit bat
noun Date: 1877 any of a family (Pteropodidae of the suborder Megachiroptera) of often large tropical and subtropical Old World bats that feed on ripe fruit, pollen, and nectar and that usually use visual navigation rather than echolocation — called also flying fox

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  • Fruit bat — Fruit Fruit, n. [OE. fruit, frut, F. fruit, from L. fructus enjoyment, product, fruit, from frui, p. p. fructus, to enjoy; akin to E. brook, v. t. See {Brook}, v. t., and cf. {Fructify}, {Frugal}.] 1. Whatever is produced for the nourishment or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fruit bat — n a large ↑bat (=small animal like a flying mouse) that lives in hot countries and eats fruit …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fruit bat — fruit′ bat n. mam any fruit eating tropical Old World bat of the family Pteropodidae • Etymology: 1875–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • fruit bat — ► NOUN ▪ a large bat which feeds chiefly on fruit or nectar …   English terms dictionary

  • fruit bat — n. any fruit eating bat (esp. family Pteropodidae), as the flying fox …   English World dictionary

  • Fruit Bat — can refer to:* Megabats, species of bats which eat fruit. * Leslie George Fruitbat Carter, a British musician. * Fruit Bats, an American band …   Wikipedia

  • fruit bat — noun large Old World bat of warm and tropical regions that feeds on fruit • Syn: ↑megabat • Hypernyms: ↑bat, ↑chiropteran • Hyponyms: ↑flying fox, ↑Pteropus capestratus, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • fruit bat — any fruit eating bat, esp. of the suborder Megachiroptera, of tropical regions throughout the Old World, typically having erect, catlike ears and large eyes adapted for night vision, and either tailless or with a rudimentary tail, the numerous… …   Universalium

  • fruit bat — n. (Zoology) large bat that feeds on fruit (found in Asia, Europe and Africa) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fruit bat — noun a large bat which feeds chiefly on fruit or nectar, found mainly in the Old World tropics. [Family Pteropodidae: numerous species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • fruit bat — noun (C) a large bat 1 (1) that lives in hot countries and eats fruit …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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