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vam·pire bat

a member of the genus Desmodus; an important reservoir host of rabies virus in Central and South America.

vampire bat

n.
1. Any of several bats of the subfamily Desmodontinae, found in subtropical and tropical regions of the Americas, that bite mammals and birds to feed on their blood and that often carry diseases such as rabies.
2. Any of various other bats, as those of the family Megadermatidae, erroneously believed to feed on blood.

vampire bat

vector for rabies in animals, humans. See desmodus rotundus murinus.
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