Vam"pire(?), n. [F. vampire (cf. It. vampiro, G. & D. vampir), fr. Servian vampir.]
[1913 Webster + PJC]
The persons who turn vampires are generally wizards, witches, suicides, and persons who have come to a violent end, or have been cursed by their parents or by the church,Encyc. Brit.
2. Fig.: One who lives by preying on others; an extortioner; a bloodsucker.
(Zol.) Either one of two or more species of South American blood-sucking bats belonging to the genera Desmodus and Diphylla; also called
vampire bat. These bats are destitute of molar teeth, but have strong, sharp cutting incisors with which they make punctured wounds from which they suck the blood of horses, cattle, and other animals, as well as man, chiefly during sleep. They have a ccal appendage to the stomach, in which the blood with which they gorge themselves is stored.
(Zol.) Any one of several species of harmless tropical American bats of the genus Vampyrus, especially Vampyrus spectrum. These bats feed upon insects and fruit, but were formerly erroneously supposed to suck the blood of man and animals. Called also
(Zol.), a vampire, 3.
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