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bat

(Encyclopedia)bat, winged mammal of the order Chiroptera, which includes 900–1,000 species classified in about 200 genera and 17 families. Bats range in size from a wingspread of over 5 ft (150 cm) to a wingsprea...

Bat Yam

(Encyclopedia)Bat Yam bät yäm [key], city, W central Israel, on the Mediterranean Sea, near Tel Aviv. It ...

bull bat

(Encyclopedia)bull bat: see goatsucker.

fruit bat

(Encyclopedia)fruit bat, fruit-eating bat found in tropical regions of the Old World. It is relatively large and differs from other bats in the possession of an independent, clawed second digit; it also depends on ...

vampire bat

(Encyclopedia)vampire bat, name for the blood-drinking bats of the family Desmodontidae, found in the New World tropics. Vampire bats feed exclusively on the blood of living animals and are thus the only true paras...

serotine

(Encyclopedia)serotine: see bat.

kalang

(Encyclopedia)kalang: see fruit bat.

flying fox

(Encyclopedia)flying fox: see fruit bat.

Bar Mitzvah

(Encyclopedia)Bar Mitzvah bärmĭtsˈvə [key] [Aramaic,=son of the Commandment], Jewish ceremony in which the young male is initiated into the religious community, according to tradition at the age of 13 years and...

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