What is bat?

  • (noun): Nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate.
    Synonyms: chiropteran
    See also — Additional definitions below


Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera ( /kaɪˈrɒptərə/; from the Greek χείρ - cheir, "hand" and πτερόν - pteron, "wing") whose forelimbs form webbed wings, making them the only mammals naturally capable of true and sustained flight. By contrast, other mammals said to fly, such as flying squirrels, gliding possums, and colugos, can only glide for short distances. Bats do not flap their entire forelimbs, as birds do, but instead flap their spread-out digits, which are very long and covered with a thin membrane or patagium.

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Chester Zoo - Animal Exhibits - Fruit Bat Forest
... Fruit Bat Forest is the largest free-flying bat cave in Europe ... The cave holds three species of bat Rodrigues fruit bat, Livingstone's fruit bat and Seba's short-tailed bat ...
Bat Galim - Landmarks
... the Rappaport Family Institute for Research in the Medical Sciences are situated in the north of Bat Galim, near the shore ... Bat Galim and nearby neighborhoods are served by the Haifa Bat Galim Railway Station ... Bat Galim is the lower station of the Haifa Cable Car, which runs up and down the Carmel from Stella Maris ...
... Eptesicus is a genus of bats, commonly called house bats, in the family Vespertilionidae ... Eptesicus bobrinskoi) Botta's Serotine (Eptesicus bottae) Brazilian Brown Bat (Eptesicus brasiliensis) Chiriquinan serotine (Eptesicus chiriquinus) Diminutive Serotine (Eptesicus ...
Bat - Mythology - State Symbols
... states have an official state bat ... Texas and Oklahoma are represented by the Mexican free-tailed bat Virginia is represented by the Virginia big-eared bat ...
Bat Galim
... Bat Galim (Hebrew בת גלים‎, lit ... Bat Galim is known for its promenade and sandy beaches ...

More definitions of "bat":

  • (noun): (baseball) a turn batting.
    Example: "He was at bat when it happened"
    Synonyms: at-bat
  • (noun): A bat used in playing cricket.
    Synonyms: cricket bat
  • (verb): Use a bat.
    Example: "Who's batting?"
  • (noun): A club used for hitting a ball in various games.
  • (verb): Have a turn at bat.
    Example: "Jones bats first, followed by Martinez"
  • (verb): Wink briefly.
    Example: "Bat one's eyelids"
    Synonyms: flutter
  • (verb): Strike with, or as if with a baseball bat.
    Example: "Bat the ball"