Meaning of “fruit bat” in the English Dictionary

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"fruit bat" in British English

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fruit batnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfruːt ˌbæt/ us /ˈfruːt ˌbæt/ also flying fox

Examples from literature

  • The bat in question is not the animal we are familiar with, but the immensely larger fruit bat, the flesh of which is readily eaten. 
  • They live in caves, and not as the large fruit bats of India, which repose head downwards, hanging from trees in great colonies. 

(Definition of “fruit bat” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)