Definition of pipistrelle in English:


Syllabification: pip·i·strelle
Pronunciation: /ˌpipəˈstrel, ˈpipəˌstrel
(also pipistrel)


  • A small insectivorous Old World bat with jerky, erratic flight.
    • Genus Pipistrellus, family Vespertilionidae: numerous species, including P. pipistrellus, the most common bat in Eurasia
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    • The jerky flight of the pipistrelle gave rise to the ancient name for bats - the flittermouse.
    • Western pipistrelles and Mexican free-tailed bats have staked their own claim on the chutes and shafts.
    • In the United Kingdom, pipistrelles and long eared bats have to date not been found to harbour European bat lyssaviruses.


late 18th century: from French, from Italian pipistrello, from Latin vespertilio(n-) 'bat', from vesper 'evening'.

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