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Line breaks: bar¦ba|stelle
Pronunciation: /ˌbɑːbəˈstɛl
, ˈbɑːbəstɛl

Definition of barbastelle in English:


An Old World bat with broad ears that meet over the head.
  • Genus Barbastella, family Vespertilionidae: two species
Example sentences
  • Also, records of barbastelles have never been reported from the eastern part of the Crimean peninsula.
  • The diet of barbastelles consists almost exclusively of Lepidoptera, probably caught by aerial hawking.
  • Many of these bats are rare or endangered species such as the barbastelles and mouse eared bat.


late 18th century: from French, from Italian barbastello.

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