murciélago

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Etymology[edit]

Metathetic diminutive of murciego (cf. murciégalo), from Old Spanish mur (mouse) + ciego (blind) or from Latin mūris caecus, both from mūs. Compare Portuguese morcego, Galician morcego.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): (Spain) /muɾˈθjelaɡo/, [muɾˈθje.la.ɣ̞o]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /muɾˈsjelaɡo/, [muɾˈsje.la.ɣ̞o]
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  • Hyphenation: mur‧cié‧la‧go

Noun[edit]

murciélago m (plural murciélagos, feminine murciélaga, feminine plural murciélagas)

  1. bat (winged mammal)
    • 1800, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Historia General del Perú Chapter 12
      ...adoraban al buho por la hermosura de sus ojos y cabeza, y al murciélago por la sutileza de su vista...
      ...they adored the owl for the prettiness of its eyes and head, and the bat for the subtlety of its sight...
    Synonym: panarra

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