Bat, n. [Corrupt. from OE. back, backe, balke; cf. Dan. aften-bakke (aften evening), Sw. natt-backa (natt night), Icel. ler-blaka (ler leather), Icel. blaka to flutter.] (Zol.) One of the Chiroptera, an order of flying mammals, in which the wings are formed by a membrane stretched between the elongated fingers, legs, and tail. The common bats are small and insectivorous. See Chiroptera and Vampire.
Silent bats in drowsy clusters cling.Goldsmith.
(Zol.), a wingless, dipterous insect of the genus Nycteribia, parasitic on bats.
Bat(?), n. [Siamese.] Same as Tical, n., 1.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
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