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 for False vampire
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vampire \Vam"pire\, n. [F. vampire (cf. It. vampiro, G. & D.
     vampir), fr. Servian vampir.] [Written also vampyre.]
     1. A blood-sucking ghost; a soul of a dead person
        superstitiously believed to come from the grave and wander
        about by night sucking the blood of persons asleep, thus
        causing their death. This superstition was once prevalent
        in parts of Eastern Europe, and was especially current in
        Hungary about the year 1730. The vampire was often said to
        have the ability to transform itself into the form of a
        bat, as presented in the novel depicting the legend of
        Dracula published by Bram Stoker in 1897, which has
        inspired several movies.
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              The persons who turn vampires are generally wizards,
              witches, suicides, and persons who have come to a
              violent end, or have been cursed by their parents or
              by the church,                        --Encyc. Brit.
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     2. Fig.: One who lives by preying on others; an extortioner;
        a bloodsucker.
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     3. (Zool.) Either one of two or more species of South
        American blood-sucking bats belonging to the genera
        Desmodus and Diphylla; also called vampire bat.
        These bats are destitute of molar teeth, but have strong,
        sharp cutting incisors with which they make punctured
        wounds from which they suck the blood of horses, cattle,
        and other animals, as well as man, chiefly during sleep.
        They have a caecal appendage to the stomach, in which the
        blood with which they gorge themselves is stored.
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     4. (Zool.) Any one of several species of harmless tropical
        American bats of the genus Vampyrus, especially
        Vampyrus spectrum. These bats feed upon insects and
        fruit, but were formerly erroneously supposed to suck the
        blood of man and animals. Called also false vampire.
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     Vampire bat (Zool.), a vampire, 3.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  False \False\, a. [Compar. Falser; superl. Falsest.] [L.
     falsus, p. p. of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. faus, fals, F.
     faux, and AS. fals fraud. See Fail, Fall.]
     1. Uttering falsehood; unveracious; given to deceit;
        dishnest; as, a false witness.
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     2. Not faithful or loyal, as to obligations, allegiance,
        vows, etc.; untrue; treacherous; perfidious; as, a false
        friend, lover, or subject; false to promises.
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              I to myself was false, ere thou to me. --Milton.
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     3. Not according with truth or reality; not true; fitted or
        likely to deceive or disappoint; as, a false statement.
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     4. Not genuine or real; assumed or designed to deceive;
        counterfeit; hypocritical; as, false tears; false modesty;
        false colors; false jewelry.
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              False face must hide what the false heart doth know.
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     5. Not well founded; not firm or trustworthy; erroneous; as,
        a false claim; a false conclusion; a false construction in
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              Whose false foundation waves have swept away.
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     6. Not essential or permanent, as parts of a structure which
        are temporary or supplemental.
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     7. (Mus.) Not in tune.
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     False arch (Arch.), a member having the appearance of an
        arch, though not of arch construction.
     False attic, an architectural erection above the main
        cornice, concealing a roof, but not having windows or
        inclosing rooms.
     False bearing, any bearing which is not directly upon a
        vertical support; thus, the weight carried by a corbel has
        a false bearing.
     False cadence, an imperfect or interrupted cadence.
     False conception (Med.), an abnormal conception in which a
        mole, or misshapen fleshy mass, is produced instead of a
        properly organized fetus.
     False croup (Med.), a spasmodic affection of the larynx
        attended with the symptoms of membranous croup, but
        unassociated with the deposit of a fibrinous membrane.
     False door or False window (Arch.), the representation of
        a door or window, inserted to complete a series of doors
        or windows or to give symmetry.
     False fire, a combustible carried by vessels of war,
        chiefly for signaling, but sometimes burned for the
        purpose of deceiving an enemy; also, a light on shore for
        decoying a vessel to destruction.
     False galena. See Blende.
     False imprisonment (Law), the arrest and imprisonment of a
        person without warrant or cause, or contrary to law; or
        the unlawful detaining of a person in custody.
     False keel (Naut.), the timber below the main keel, used to
        serve both as a protection and to increase the shio's
        lateral resistance.
     False key, a picklock.
     False leg. (Zool.) See Proleg.
     False membrane (Med.), the fibrinous deposit formed in
        croup and diphtheria, and resembling in appearance an
        animal membrane.
     False papers (Naut.), documents carried by a ship giving
        false representations respecting her cargo, destination,
        etc., for the purpose of deceiving.
     False passage (Surg.), an unnatural passage leading off
        from a natural canal, such as the urethra, and produced
        usually by the unskillful introduction of instruments.
     False personation (Law), the intentional false assumption
        of the name and personality of another.
     False pretenses (Law), false representations concerning
        past or present facts and events, for the purpose of
        defrauding another.
     False rail (Naut.), a thin piece of timber placed on top of
        the head rail to strengthen it.
     False relation (Mus.), a progression in harmony, in which a
        certain note in a chord appears in the next chord prefixed
        by a flat or sharp.
     False return (Law), an untrue return made to a process by
        the officer to whom it was delivered for execution.
     False ribs (Anat.), the asternal rebs, of which there are
        five pairs in man.
     False roof (Arch.), the space between the upper ceiling and
        the roof. --Oxford Gloss.
     False token, a false mark or other symbol, used for
        fraudulent purposes.
     False scorpion (Zool.), any arachnid of the genus
        Chelifer. See Book scorpion.
     False tack (Naut.), a coming up into the wind and filling
        away again on the same tack.
     False vampire (Zool.), 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.
     False window. (Arch.) See False door, above.
     False wing. (Zool.) See Alula, and Bastard wing, under
     False works (Civil Engin.), construction works to
        facilitate the erection of the main work, as scaffolding,
        bridge centering, etc.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  false vampire
      n 1: any New or Old World carnivorous bat erroneously thought to
           suck blood but in fact feeding on insects [syn: false
           vampire, false vampire bat]

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