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Spectral Bat, Vampyrum spectrum
2012-07-13 14:21:36

The spectral bat (Vampyrum spectrum) is the only species in the Vampyrum genus. Its other common names include Linnaeus's false vampire bat, the spectral vampire bat, and the false vampire bat. Despite these names, it is not related to the false vampire bats that are found in the Old World bat family. Its range extends from southern Mexico to Peru, from Ecuador to northern and central Brazil, Guyana, Suriname, and the island of Trinidad. The spectral bat can reach an average body length of...

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monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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