- 1(In European folklore) a corpse supposed to leave its grave at night to drink the blood of the living by biting their necks with long pointed canine teeth.More example sentences
- What must he do to save his neck from the vampires who are after his blood?
- My parents were also vampires, and they drank blood to keep themselves alive.
- They found a coffin and when they opened it up, a vampire jumped out and drank their blood.
- 1.1A person who preys ruthlessly on others: the protectionist vampires in the CongressMore example sentences
- He is the perpetually hungry scholar, too desiccated by poverty to return her love, a vampire preying on her bountiful spirit.
- There is still a place for vampires in the urban jungles where humanity habitually preys upon itself.
- Though they seem nice, they are actually power-hungry vampires, who manipulate you once you let your guard down.
- 2 (also vampire bat) A small bat that feeds on the blood of mammals or birds using its two sharp incisor teeth and anticoagulant saliva, found mainly in tropical America. See also false vampire.
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- Family Desmodontidae (or Phyllostomidae): three species, in particular the common vampire (Desmodus rotundus)
- It is quite common for a vampire bat to fail to feed on a given night.
- When a vampire bat bites an animal, its saliva introduces an anticlotting agent to keep the blood meal flowing.
- Some scientists have suggested that the vampire bat developed its blood-sucking practice while it was an insect-eater, as most bats are.
- 3 (also vampire trap) Theatre A small spring trapdoor used for sudden disappearances from a stage.More example sentences
- Depending on its placement, the vampire trap made the actor alternately body and spirit.
- To operate the vampire trap the dancer threw herself against a couple of shutters in the stage floor, which opened to let her through and immediately closed.
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- Lee, in particular, was keen to find a role which would help the public think of him as something other than Dracula, the vampiric count he had played in several Hammer films.
- Apparently plants are vampiric in nature and thrive on blood.
- I truly looked vampiric - all I needed was the teeth and a small dribble of blood from my mouth to complete the look.
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- Toward the end of the series, she reveals a more daring (and vampirish) persona.
- Rowling's Harry Potter series served as a sort of literary flint for other, albeit darker, series such as the vampirish "Twilight" books.
- One of the latest weird trends in Japan consists of using artificial fangs so that they stick out a little bit and give you a vampirish look.
mid 18th century: from French, from Hungarian vampir, perhaps from Turkish uber 'witch'.
More definitions of vampireDefinition of vampire in:
- The US English dictionary