noun Etymology: French, from Italian pipistrello bat, alteration of vipistrello, ultimately from Latin vespertilion-, vespertilio — more at vespertilian Date: 1781 any of a genus (Pipistrellus of the family Vespertilionidae) of bats typically appearing in early evening and exhibiting erratic flight; especially one (P. pipistrellus) of Eurasia and northern Africa

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  • pipistrelle — [ pipistrɛl ] n. f. • 1760; it. pipistrello, altér. de vipistrello, lat. vespertilio → vespertilion ♦ Petite chauve souris à oreilles pointues. ● pipistrelle nom féminin (italien pipistrello, du latin vespertilio, chauve souris) Petite chauve… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • pipistrelle — or pipistrel [pip΄i strel′] n. [Fr pipistrelle < It pipistrello, altered < OIt vipistrello < L vespertilio, bat < vesper, evening: see VESPER] any of a genus (Pipistrellus) of small bats that characteristically fly early in the… …   English World dictionary

  • pipistrelle — ► NOUN ▪ a small insect eating bat. ORIGIN French, from Latin vespertilio bat , from vesper evening …   English terms dictionary

  • Pipistrelle — Pipistrellus Pipistrellus …   Wikipédia en Français

  • pipistrelle — šikšniukas nykštukas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Pipistrellus pipistrellus angl. common bat; common pipistrelle vok. gemeine Zwergfledermaus; Zwergfledermaus rus. малоголовый нетопырь; малый… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • Pipistrelle — Pipistrel Pi*pis trel, Pipistrelle Pip i*strelle , n. [F. pipistrelle, It. pipistrello.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small European bat ({Vesperugo pipistrellus}); called also {flittermouse}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pipistrelle — (pi pi strè l ) s. f. Nom vulgaire et spécifique du vespertillon pipistrelle (chiroptères) …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • pipistrelle — /pip euh strel , pip euh strel /, n. any of numerous insectivorous bats of the genus Pipistrellus, esp. P. pipistrellus of Europe and Asia. [1775 85; < F < It pipistrello, var. of VIPISTRELLO L vespertilion (s. of vespertilio) bat. See… …   Universalium

  • pipistrelle — noun /pɪpɪˈstɹɛl/ Any of various species of bat of the genus Pipistrellus …   Wiktionary

  • pipistrelle — n. small bat that feeds on insects and is native to Europe and Asia …   English contemporary dictionary

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