Definition of myotis in English:

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Pronunciation: /mīˈōdəs/


An insectivorous bat with mouselike ears, a slender muzzle, and a flight membrane that extends between the hind legs and the tip of the tail. Also called mouse-eared bat.
  • Genus Myotis, family Vespertilionidae: numerous species, including the little brown myotis (M. lucifugus), one of the most common and widespread bats in the US and Canada.
Example sentences
  • We never observed the raccoon take an Indiana myotis, but predation was the likely intent, given that raccoons are known predators on bats.
  • Diets of little brown myotis and eastern pipistrelles were highly diverse.
  • We have been pleased to note sustained growth in population numbers of both the cave myotis and the endangered lesser long-nosed bat.


Modern Latin, based on Greek mus, mu- 'mouse'.

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Syllabification: my·o·tis

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