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Meaning of false vampire

false' vam'pire

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. any large, carnivorous bat of the families Megadermatidae and Phyllostomatidae, of Africa, Asia, and Australia, erroneously reputed to suck the blood of animals and humans.
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