Thursday, 4 March 2010


Mormops n a genus of repulsive looking American leaf-nosed bats. [Origin from Greek mormo a bugbear, and ops face] Chambers, 1998

I love the etymology: "let's take the word for bloody annoying and put it together with your face".

Anyone wanting a little visual reference, here is a mormops, otherwise known as a ghost-faced bat.

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