Definition of vampire in English:

vampire

Syllabification: vam·pire
Pronunciation: /ˈvamˌpī(ə)r
 
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noun

1A corpse supposed, in European folklore, to leave its grave at night to drink the blood of the living by biting their necks with long pointed canine teeth.
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  • What must he do to save his neck from the vampires who are after his blood?
  • My parents were also vampires, and they drank blood to keep themselves alive.
  • They found a coffin and when they opened it up, a vampire jumped out and drank their blood.
1.1A person who preys ruthlessly on others: the protectionist vampires in the Congress
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  • He is the perpetually hungry scholar, too desiccated by poverty to return her love, a vampire preying on her bountiful spirit.
  • There is still a place for vampires in the urban jungles where humanity habitually preys upon itself.
  • Though they seem nice, they are actually power-hungry vampires, who manipulate you once you let your guard down.
2 (also vampire bat) A small bat that feeds on the blood of mammals or birds using its two sharp incisor teeth and anticoagulant saliva, found mainly in tropical America. See also false vampire.
  • Family Desmodontidae (or Phyllostomidae): three species, in particular the common vampire (Desmodus rotundus)
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  • It is quite common for a vampire bat to fail to feed on a given night.
  • When a vampire bat bites an animal, its saliva introduces an anticlotting agent to keep the blood meal flowing.
  • Some scientists have suggested that the vampire bat developed its blood-sucking practice while it was an insect-eater, as most bats are.

Origin

mid 18th century: from French, from Hungarian vampir, perhaps from Turkish uber 'witch'.

Derivatives

vampiric

Pronunciation: /vamˈpirik/
adjective
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  • Lee, in particular, was keen to find a role which would help the public think of him as something other than Dracula, the vampiric count he had played in several Hammer films.
  • Apparently plants are vampiric in nature and thrive on blood.
  • I truly looked vampiric - all I needed was the teeth and a small dribble of blood from my mouth to complete the look.

vampirish

adjective
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  • Toward the end of the series, she reveals a more daring (and vampirish) persona.
  • Rowling's Harry Potter series served as a sort of literary flint for other, albeit darker, series such as the vampirish "Twilight" books.
  • One of the latest weird trends in Japan consists of using artificial fangs so that they stick out a little bit and give you a vampirish look.

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