Definition of Chiroptera in English:

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Pronunciation: /kʌɪˈrɒpt(ə)rə/

plural noun

An order of mammals that comprises the bats. See also Megachiroptera, Microchiroptera.
Example sentences
  • Maps for the Insectivora, Chiroptera, and Cetacea are not included in this chapter.
  • All bats belong to the order Chiroptera, meaning ‘hand-wing.’
  • Let's investigate the origin and evolution of flight in our representative taxa: the Pterosauria, Aves, and Chiroptera (bats).


Modern Latin (plural), from chiro- 'hand' + Greek pteron 'wing'.

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