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(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...


(Encyclopedia)serotine: see bat.


(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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