Definition of Chiroptera in English:

Chiroptera

Syllabification: Chi·rop·ter·a
Pronunciation: /kīˈräptərə
 
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Zoology
  • An order of mammals that comprises the bats. There are over 900 living species of bats, and they are found on every continent except Antarctica. See also Megachiroptera, Microchiroptera.
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    • 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).

Origin

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

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