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chiropterans

chiropterans is a plural form of chiropteran

chiropteran

Definition:

a nocturnal mouse-like mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate

Class:

animal noun (animals and microorganisms)

Plural:

chiropterans

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

bat | chiropter | flittermouse [outdated]

Etymology:

From New Latin Chīroptera, order name: "chiro-" + "-pter".
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Bat | Bats | Chiroptera

whose forelimbs form webbed wings, making them the only mammals naturally capable of true and sustained flight. By contrast, other mammals said to fly, such as flying squirrels, gliding possums, and colugos, can only glide for short distances. Bats do... (40 of 11432 words, 20 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Bat

Collins Dictionary:

chiropteran | chiropterous | chiropter [synonym, sense-specific]

of, relating to, or belonging to the "Chiroptera", an order of placental mammals comprising the bats | a bat (18 of 262 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/chiropteran

Merriam-Webster:

bat [entry 3, noun] | chiropteran [entry 3]

any of a widely distributed order (Chiroptera) of nocturnal usually frugivorous or insectivorous flying mammals that have wings formed from four ... (21 of 68 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/bat show=2

American Heritage Dictionary:

chiropteran

A mammal, such as the bat, that is a member of the order Chiroptera and has forelimbs modified as wings. (20 of 39 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/chiropteran

Oxford Dictionary:

chiropteran

[zoology] : a mammal of the order Chiroptera; a bat. | relating to or denoting chiropterans. (15 of 33 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/chiropteran

Wiktionary:

chiropteran [zoology] | chiropterans [plural] | bat [synonym]

Any mammal, of the order Chiroptera, that has forelimbs modified to form wings (13 of 15 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/chiropteran

Random House Dictionary:

chiropteran | chiropter [synonym, sense-specific]

chiropter | of or pertaining to a chiropter. (7 of 13 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/chiropteran

New World Dictionary:

bat | batted [past tense] | batting [present participle] | chiropter

any stout club, stick, or cudgel | a club used to strike the ball in baseball and cricket | a ping-pong paddle, squash racket, etc. | [United States] ... (25 of 197 words, 17 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bat

Britannica Encyclopedia:

bat [mammal] | Cheiromeles torquatus [species] | Vampyrum spectrum [species] | Craseonycteris thonglongyai [species] | Pteropus samoensis [species] | Lavia frons [species]

any member of the only group of mammals capable of flight. This ability, coupled with the ability to navigate at night by using a system of acoustic ... (27 of 1187 words, 10 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/55655​/bat

bat [unit of measurement] | baht | bath | ephah [synonym]

in a measurement system, ancient Hebrew unit of liquid and dry capacity. Estimated at 37 litres and approximately equivalent to the Greek metrētēs, ... (23 of 68 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/55685​/bat

Columbia Encyclopedia:

bat | pipistrelle | serotine

winged mammal of the order Chiroptera, which includes 900-901,000 species classified in about 200 genera and 17 families. Bats range in size from a ... (24 of 294 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0806451​.html

Macmillan British Dictionary:

bat [verb] | batted [past tense] | batting [present participle] | bats [3rd-person singular present] | bat your eyes/eyelashes | go to bat for someone | not bat an eyelid

[intransitive/transitive] to hit the ball with a bat in a game such as ... | [transitive] to hit something small that is flying through the air in ... (26 of 145 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/bat 8

bat [countable] | bats [plural] | like a bat out of hell | off your own bat

a long wooden object used for hitting the ball in games such as baseball ... | a small animal that flies at night and looks like a mouse with large ... (29 of 113 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/bat

Cambridge Dictionary:

bat [entry 1]

a specially shaped piece of wood used for hitting the ball in many games (14 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/bat 1

bat [entry 2]

a small animal like a mouse with wings that flies at night (12 of 20 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/bat 2

bat [entry 3] | -tt- [past tense]

(especially of women) to open and close your eyes quickly several times, especially to attract attention or admiration (18 of 34 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/bat 3

bat [entry 4] | -tt- [past tense]

to try to hit a ball with a bat (9 of 33 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/bat 4

Encarta Dictionary:

chiropteran [technical] | chiropterans [plural] | chiropter: chiropters [plural] | chiropters [plural] | chiropter

a flying mammal with forelimbs that have evolved as membranous wings, e.g. a bat (14 of 45 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861596860​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

chiropteran

Origin: From New Latin Chīroptera, order name: "chiro-" + "-pter".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/chiropteran

Merriam-Webster:

chiropteran

First use: 1835

Origin: ultimately from Greek cheir hand + pteron wing

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/chiropteran

New World Dictionary:

chiropter

Origin: "chiro-" + Greek pteron, wing: see "feather"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/chiropter

Encarta Dictionary:

chiropteran [technical] | chiropterans [plural] | chiropter: chiropters [plural] | chiropters [plural]

First use: Mid-19th century

Origin: modern Latin Chiroptera from chiro- + Greek pteron "wing"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861596860​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

chiropteran

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "chiropteran"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "chiropter"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/chiropteran

the Free Dictionary:

chiropteran

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "chiropteran"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "chiropteran" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/chiropteran

chiropter

Audio: British English pronunciation of "chiropter"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/chiropter

Google Dictionary:

chiropteran | chiropterans [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "chiropteran"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=chiropteran

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

chiropteran

Audio: North American pronunciation of "chiropteran"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=chirop​05 word=chiropteran

YourDictionary Audio:

chiropteran

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "chiropteran" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/chiropteran

chiropter

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "chiropter" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/chiropter

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