false vampire


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n false vampire any New or Old World carnivorous bat erroneously thought to suck blood but in fact feeding on insects
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • False vampire (Zoöl) the Vampyrus spectrum of South America, formerly erroneously supposed to have blood-sucking habits; -- called also vampire, and ghost vampire. The genuine blood-sucking bats belong to the genera Desmodus and Diphylla. See Vampire.
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In literature:

In the ancient "Mahosadha Jataka" the false claimant proves to be a Yakshini (a sort of siren and vampire) who wishes to eat the child.
"Solomon and Solomonic Literature" by Moncure Daniel Conway